To The Anonymous

Kind good heart
Listen to me.
I tell you the truth,
I weep
And tell you the truth.

Away, away from the dull words
Of virtue, goodness, truth,
They are beguiling I find
As I seek and go deep in
The heart of the world.

It ticks!
Does the heart of the world,
Like a mechanic thing.
It keeps,
Tune with iron heels, leathern boots
That advance on and on,
Ever in progression, ever in advance,
Which keep their pace well-matched
With the pace of the world:
The fortunate, prosperous, capable, deserving,
¬The intelligent, progressive, possessive,
The blessed!
The rich!
They that go with the wind-they fly
Over the world,
Grabbing and catching
Good luck as it flies!

The masters! The authors!
Of your days and your nights,
The jurors, the judges
Of your characters, your rights,

So bow to them down
You servile poor!
Pride not at your services,
Such humble things are not for pride.
Noble authority whips and commands
Then dare you not abide?

That is only noble,
That is only great,
That hath good appearance, that glitters,
That is juicy, that is filled
Like the stuffed stomachs of the wealthy,
That yield energy and intellect;
Or like the packed coffers of the powerful
That yield the rights of authority.

¬That which is pale, and few,
That is low, that is mean,
That is nobody's religion.
Stain not your cheeks,
With what you think pearls,
There is pretence, triviality
In your woes and your pains,
Say, could they, if relieved
Enhance anybody's gains!
They are not partners that rule you,
Of your bad times,
The moment you stop your work,
Your worthiness declines.
The truth that you told, your honesty,
The duties which you performed at your best-¬do you think
Them great, beautiful?

Ha! Ha!
Now I laugh.
Listen to me!
I tell you the truth
They do not grace the feet of the rich,
They are not able,
Go believe if you will
Some silly, beguiling fable.
Sunday, July 16, 2006

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