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there was a time

when I who was

who I was then

walked and sang



fought my fight

shouting amidst

the blackness

so how can I now

sitting by lemon-green waters

or in green mountains

warmed by an April sun


myself as I am now

with he who fought so long

amid the darkness

against injustice

  1. that contented man who now

the mirror shows me

that man who now

pitches his tent

beside the waters

of a more

Arcadian sea

how can I be that same he

who once ‘the conscience of

a nation stirred’?

a voice answers

there came the day

you learned with pain

that he who touches pitch

will become himself defiled

that in fighting ugliness

you had yourself become ugly

and, despite all the evils in it

the world remains a place

where beauty can be achieved

you knew already that

a man is ennobled

by fighting evil

where he finds it

now it was time to learn that

it is also necessary for a man

to find peace within himself

which then may be contagious

to seek to put oneself alright

to find a pattern in just one day

this can be a sacrament

so, after many years

fighting the negative

a man may seek

to ally himself with

the positive.


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