The Athenian


He drew conclusions carefully
By drawing out
His friends' assumptions.
Little has changed
In the intervening years.
We still apply ourselves assiduously
To acquiring outward beauty,
Ignoring the beauty of the soul.
Men and women both
Care more for wealth
Than for living by standards
That hamper them.
They argue that absolutes,
Such as virtue, are relative.
The mob was never stronger;
Now we have the media
To promulgate its views.
He could stand all day
And wrestle with a problem.
I fear we've lost the concentration
To zero in on anything
For longer than a minute.
We surround ourselves with objects
While neglecting to address
The fundamental questions.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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