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January 14, 2013 | by

A send-up of George Herbert’s famous seventeenth-century shape poem “The Altar,” featuring my own conflicted version of devotion.

Jason Novak works at a grocery store in Berkeley, California, and changes diapers in his spare time.



  1. Erin Nieto | January 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Do you not think, dear sir,

    That your wife is similarly conflicted?

    Yet when she finally convinces you

    To spend an hour with your child

    She must in turn

    spend that hour

    Folding laundry.

  2. Shelley | January 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t know about the verse, but I respect the writer’s life.

    Real work is good.

    Taking care of kids is good.

  3. bob | January 16, 2013 at 6:45 am

    It’s crying out for acrostics…

  4. GZ | January 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Good one Erin. I agree with Shelley and found the penultimate line a bit awkward. Still, I admire the writer’s humor and efforts. His illustrations are very Feiffereske.

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