From my first published volume of poetry: A Few Thoughts About Life
Oh How Few Men
Do Anything Believe!
Oh how few men do anything believe!
Their shoulders of this burden they’ve relieved.
A liberating freedom they’ve achieved.
No longer bound by ought.
Though right and wrong will ever more oppose,
They stand aside and enter not the throes,
Refusing either side to call their foes,
The battle never fought.
For once you say, “’Tis on this side I stand,”
A battle you will find on every hand,
And righteousness will lead too small a band,
Those few who truth have sought.
Determine now if there be such as truth.
Or is that label far too crude, uncouth?
Each man must this decide, indeed, forsooth.
Your soul within is taught.
* * * * * * * * * *
I believe that we must choose sides in life.
There is a real divide between right and wrong,
and most people live never really on one side or
other of it. That does not mean that they don’t say
they believe in right. But what about actions and
strivings on behalf of your chosen party?
It seems that most men would probably
prefer not to enter into any conflict, and this is
understandable enough, for battle is not pleasant.
If you take a strong stand on the side of right, there
will be battle. You will have plenty of opportunity
to back down and take a moderate position. Your
stand will be challenged and we will see how
much you believe and how much you really care to
uphold truth and right. You will be tested.
Today, many even explicitly deny that
there is truth. How foolish! We all know better.
We all hear something inside of us bearing witness
to us that we know at least something about right
and wrong, about truth. Surely there is not so dark
a soul as never to hear that inner voice that speaks
to us and calls us to what is right. How different
would our society and world be if more men
would stand up strongly as men and fight for truth