Ant Smith

All poems

I'd rather

I'd rather fight, I'd rather lie
I'd rather live before I die
I will not go gently into the night
For I won't live to sacrifice

I'd rather starve than eat caviar
I'd rather walk than drive a car
I'd rather fall than go too far
I'd rather shit than be a star

I'd rather vomit than give a kiss
I'd rather shake than just to twitch
I'd rather crave than alleviate
I'd rather make than facilitate

I'd rather withdraw than fertilise
I'd rather wish than sterilise
I'd rather heal than castrate
I'd rather abort than to create

I'd rather fight, I'd rather lie
I'd rather live before I die
I will not go gently into the night
For I won't live to sacrifice

I'd rather leak than be dry clean
I'd rather speak than be obscene
I'd rather rise than to decline
I'd rather peak than to flatline

I'd rather give than to receive
I'd rather hide than quarantine
I'd rather hurt than make a scene
I'd rather dream than make believe

I will not go gently into the night
For I won't live to sacrifice