05 January 2008

there shall be time

there shall be time for every human thought
hope rises when we master each desire
not as a matter of style or attire
but in the basic forms of is and ought
emergencies that make each one distraught
are not defeated by vague denier
no wise man knows when comes ceasefire
but everyone knows what the other's wrought
shallow or deep we have not mapped these seas
but know that each comes to a different shore
where on the beach will crash the selfsame waves
as on this side all who take their ease
know when to pause and when to ask for more
and wait to chant the message in old staves

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