For the Living


"Please," say the living, "consider us well
     When you are speaking of heaven and hell.
No one is perfectly good, it would seem.
     Certainly, no one is lacking a dream."

"Therefore, the powers that be should beware
     Not to devise an invincible snare.
If guided by goodness, goodness will come
     To all of the people, not just to some."

"Many are hemmed in by nets made of steel.
     How can they think this way, how can they feel?
What would it take to deliver us all?
     Carry us back to the land we recall."


©2016 Michael Fraley




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