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Beware of the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing, gave nothing, and could never receive enough.
 

—  John Ciardi
 from the poem: “In Place Of A Curse
 

[Researching this quote, I found the following poem:
 

At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected,
I shall forgive last the delicately wounded who,
having been slugged no harder than anyone else,
never got up again, neither to fight back,
nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration.
 

They who are wholly broken, and they in whom mercy is understanding,
I shall embrace at once and lead to pillows in heaven.
But they who are the meek by trade, baiting the best of their betters with extortions of a mock-helplessness,
I shall take last to love, and never wholly.
 

Let them all in Heaven – I abolish Hell –
but let it be read over them as they enter:
Beware the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing
gave nothing, and could never receive enough.
 

(The italics are mine and do not appear in the original.)  How are you all doing on your New Year’s resolutions?  —  KMAB]

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