Treasure Island

Piet Hein

(December 16, 1905–April 17, 1996 / Copenhagen)

Two Passivists


Eradicate the optimist
who takes the easy view
that human values will persist
no matter what we do.
Annihilate the pessimist
whose ineffectual cry
is that the goal's already missed
however hard we try.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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