ONCE, when all was young, I came
Upon the earth.
Found that all things were the same,
Old men saw I at a glance
In the young world;
Youthful ones did sport and prance
Silken lashes veiled dark eyes,
Fair woman’s art;
Ardent males fought for the prize,
Then did depart
From the mart.
Music played and music swelled
Just the same;
Vows were broken, lightly held,
Wars were fought and fought until
Men their comrades light did kill,
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
Hot desire and flaming lust
Even then they knew the greed
Of the red gold;
Ambition led and paid no heed
I felt my eyes grow hot with tears.
Can God allow?
The same will be ten thousand years
31. 1. 1928