When hunger drafts its last foreboding claim;
And those who tarried long, give up their shame;
No place they’d found in lands where they were born;
Short was their stay, and then the veil was torn.
What lies beyond? That is the great inquest;
Will they be cursed, or for their pain be bless’d?
Condemned to hell for they did not believe;
Or will a gracious God grant them reprieve?
The ‘Great Escape’, tis not an earthly feat;
Nair prince or pauper death, they cannot cheat;
Respite to find, they must seek Canaan’s shore;
Resign terrestrial woes, and row no more.
Is purpose found by learning how to live?
“To work and keep”, lest God does not forgive;
Or p’haps Elysium’s path only to seek?
That tortured way revealed most to the weak.
To suffer now, or later? A fool’s choice;
Taken for to rob us of our voice;
The strong will not arrive to Peter’s gate;
So bend your knee, and to us now prostrate.
Both now, and then, the wise they choose to fight;
For freedom, joy and wealth at end of night;
To build the buildings, write the stories – live;
To future hungry some respite to give.
For if we hide, those who destroy with hate;
Enact their will, a’while we speculate;
Build castles in our minds, a fictive guild.
While world is ruined by who cannot build.