NEMEROV 2014 #5
The Universe has curiously wrought
To see if something so innately bent
Can finally and happily be taught
Through dangerous trial and error to grow wise,
Which means to go beyond the cruelty
And conflict of our past and realize
Compassionate rapport and harmony.
Like “sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh,”
Our kind has yet to master harmony,
And what might be high drama looks like farce
Or worse—a universal tragedy.
But still we may succeed and happily mend,
If we take wisdom as our highest end.