Man the Artist


To clothe their thought in words most men contrive,

And in such raiment seek to give it shape ;

But words like garments often hide the truth.

And others, less articulate, will strive

To give expression, though the life escape,

In stone and pigment, to their azimuth.

And some in music seek to keep alive

The feelings that possess them, and to drape

With lovely sound the hopes and dreams of youth.

Through all frustration dogs the senses five ;

Some essence still eludes and baffles art.

And man, by conscious effort, merely hides

Behind ornate facades his naked heart,

And where he most reveals he least confides.


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