If Others Only Knew

A Poem Including Some Lines from Classic English Writers

If Others Only Knew

An agreement made before our boon

We learn the end before the rules

We’re reminded how we’ll be there soon

And left to fight with inadequate tools

We all wish for a clean slate

There are few days of youth, free from dismay

“Which brings impending fate”

History seems to have known the world would turn out this way

As time goes on, it is purpose we seek

“Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance”

But as we accept the damnation we’ll meet

The obsession becomes focused on simply a chance

The persistence of sanity becomes the haste

While the masses cloud their judgement with illusion of change

“When old age shall this generation waste”

It’s only our minds that derange

Can there honestly be any pride in the production

To all those who mumble and drag on with a limper

If in our hearts we’re always expected the destruction

“This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper”

I have a fearful thought, that we’re no longer realists

And in our search for stamps and gold stars, we’ve become a bore

Perhaps all that is left in us terrified idealists

And a silent weep is a pitiful reward, for the breathtaking clairvoyance, we now ignore.

Bibliography

Barbauld A.L. “The Mouse’s Petition.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature, edited by Stephen Greenblatt, 9th ed, W.W Norton & Company, 2012, pp. 40-41.

Eliot, T.S. “The Hollow Men.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature, edited by Stephen Greenblatt, 9th ed, W.W Norton & Company, 2012, pp. 2543-2546.

Keats, J. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature, edited by Stephen Greenblatt, 9th ed, W.W Norton & Company, 2012, pp. 930-932.

Keats, J. “When I have fears that I may cease to be.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature, edited by Stephen Greenblatt, 9th ed, W.W Norton & Company, 2012, pp. 911.

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