Robert Kirkland Kernighan
Chickens Come Home To Roost
The world is wide and the faithful tide
Returns to the welcome sands ;
It 's often true that the work we do
Conies back to its maker's hands.
And every man knows the wondrous plan
By creation introduced :
Be it soon or late, at a certain date,
The chickens come home to roost.
JBe careful, then, ye sons of men,
What reckless words ye say ;
Be they good or ill, your sayings will
On your threshold stand some day.
You 'll bear the blame, for all the shame
Was by your lips produced ;
You 'll know it then, and ...
34 The Khan's Canticles
We meet them and greet them at ev'ry turn,
We pass and know not their hidden sorrows.
O, brothers, think of the hidden fears
That throng the unseen bosoms quaking ;
It 's hard to laugh thro' the blinding tears,