I was trying to find a poem about the rewards we choose to bestow upon ourselves for a week or two (or four or six) of continuous hard work. A poem about Cheetos or peanut M&Ms or a day in bed or coveted electronics. I was hoping to find poetic justification for dropping a wad of cash on a toy I that don't really have time to play with, but whose sleek and elegant design makes me happy just to hold it in my hand.
by Charles Bernstein
Directions: For each pair of sentences, circle the letter, a or b, that best
expresses your viewpoint. Make a selection from each pair. Do not omit
1.a) The body and the material things of the world are the key to any
knowledge we can possess.
b) Knowledge is only possible by means of the mind or psyche.
2.a) My life is largely controlled by luck and chance.
b) I can determine the basic course of my life.
3.a) Nature is indifferent to human needs.
b) Nature has some purpose, even if obscure.
4.a) I can understand the world to a sufficient extent.
b) The world is basically baffling.
5.a) Love is the greatest happiness.
b) Love is illusionary and its pleasures transient.
6.a) Political and social action can improve the state of the world.
b) Political and social action are fundamentally futile.