09 Nov 2016 – Sonnet

You’ve spent a decade strolling through the dark
and singing to yourself. But now it’s dawn,
you’re lost, and in this glaring light so stark,
you find yourself alone! Where have they gone,
those once congenial partners you once knew,
those happy, hopeful souls who still had dreams
and still believed in common good, and drew
you up to challenge hatred’s long regime?
Alas, your map has never matched a land
where eyes are steel and heart are stony cold.
Today, this dawn, you start to understand
the power hate and fear have in men’s souls!
You trust the goodness of your fellowman?
You’re wiser feeding vipers from your hand!