The Conquered

There are things that twist in love,
and things that bend to hate,
and I’ve learned a lot about both.

Pray for the awful beginning-
A bad date, a bad day,
Traffic jams on route eight or
screams from the neighbor’s house.
It is much better to take a bitter drink
and mix sweetness into it, than-
To watch promise wither on the vine;
To drink dust and dream of wine.
This is what can make us beasts
and turn the great into the least.

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