The impassioned moment’s passed,
The fight’s gone out of me;
tolerance and hope set in
with a sigh
and by-and-by
this latest violence,
outrage, assault
against the heart and soul
will pass–
and leave me living
and still possessed
of most of what I had;

Life goes on
expects the future still
makes plans
and wanders
down the middle course
again somewhere between
the hopeless and the glad.

gnaws away at faith.

because our planet turns
and we are used to nights and days,
Hope returns
and carelessly extreme,
and sets us up
for disappointment
once again.
So–faith in disappointment
becomes the order of the day.

When we are gone,
our hopes and fears
dispelled into the sky
that wavers still between
the darkness and the light,
all argument and action,
come to naught
but fleeting windblown moan
and faded thought.
Our remains–
our captive images,
our poetry engraved
beside the columns of the Greeks,
the remnant walls of Babylon,
mysterious great figures in the plains–
will testify
to inspiration,
and the folly of our age.

Thus our entire legacy
not Wisdom is,
but Art.

CL Redding March 2003

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