faith

from Elliot's "The Rock"

Why should men love the chuch? Why should they love her laws?
She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget.
She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they like to be soft.
She tells them of Evil and Sin and other unpleasant facts.
They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
But the man that is will shadow
The man that pretends to be.

- T.S. Elliot, choruses from "The Rock", VI
Indexing: ,

Posts from This Journal by “poetry” Tag

  • Poem: The Boys of Summer

    by Trink

  • Poem: Epiphany

    Unearthly lightening of presage In any dark day's iron age May come to lift the hair and bless Even our tired earthliness, And sundown bring an…

  • Poem: Twelfth Night

    It has always been King Herod that I feared; King Herod and his kinsmen, ever since ... I do not like the colour of your beard; I think that you are…