Yes, yes… let’s bring him back;
And let him roam free among us,
And among our children.
Yes, let’s bring him back;
And let him pursue his education,
For he is a genius!
For surely intellect pardons all crime?
For surely you would agree, a crime is only heinous
When committed by a vagrant?
Or a tramp, or a derelict,
Or horror of all horrors,
By a migrant worker?
So yes, let’s bring him back,
And let us hush now,
And end all discussion,
For discourse – that is simply not our way.
There is the carpet,
And here, the broom.
For that is our way.
I can’t claim to know a lot about poems, but there is one which I love for the beauty of its wisdom. It is at once inspirational, humbling and positive.
I’m pretty sure Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata is not new to you and if it sounds or looks familiar, it may be because Baz Luhrmann’s famous Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) music single was based on an essay written by a Chicago Tribune columnist – which is similar in tone to Ehrmann’s Desiderata. The essay may or may not have been inspired by the poem; I don’t know for sure.