Slippers

I step in these thick-soled carpet slippers,
aware that some floorboards will creak
when I tread and apply too much pressure:

I try to avoid such strain on places,
that will attract low complaint,
of the short pleasures which I take,

such as readings, or speeches,
I see these as our common duty,
that none of us should shy from,

because this life is not
about waiting to die, at best,
not in thick-soled carpet slippers.

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