Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

A Perfect World

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

A Perfect World

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Shy people would be kings and queens

of their own secret realms.

They might require everyone to wear sunglasses

for an hour every day while conversing

with strangers.

Jowly dogs wouldn't slobber.

I would give cats ten lives, and in return

when I go to bed Spud

would quit pouncing on my toes.

It's fun but I need sleep, plus

it makes holes in the blanket.

Burger King

would stop making crusty french fries;

the rude lady

in the hospital cashier's office would get fired

and would send notes of apology to everyone she's

been rude to, and we would say,

"Fine, but you are still fired."


would be God's way of forgiving us.

It would snow

sometimes, for taking pictures, but I wouldn't

bother the farmers with it when they need

good weather. Horses are nice when they let you

come right up to them with a hand outstretched

full of grass from the other side of the fence.

They take it carefully between their teeth

and let you pat their nose.


much else would spring to hand when

our wishes outrun our needs.

We wouldn't want to miss the great pleasure

of going looking and being reunited

with things thought lost. This morning

I knocked over a stack of books

and found one I thought I would

never see again, full of many wonderful poems

by Hungarian poets! …

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