Friday, October 26, 2007

THE COURAGE TO BE NEW

A poem of Robert Frost, written in 1947 as the world's leaders assessed the atrocities and devastation of World War II and began to plan, devise and reconstruct out of the rubble.



I hear the world reciting
The mistakes of ancient men,
The brutality and fighting
They will never have again.


Heartbroken and disabled
In body and in mind,
They renew talk of the fabled
Federation of Mankind.

But they're blessed with the acumen
To suspect the human trait
Was not the basest human
That made them militate.


They will tell you more as soon as
You tell them what to do
With their ever breaking newness
And their courage to be new.

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