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"I, a stranger and afraid, in a world I never made..."

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posted on Dec, 10 2012 @ 12:35 PM

THE laws of God, the laws of man,
He may keep that will and can;
Not I: let God and man decree
Laws for themselves and not for me;
And if my ways are not as theirs
Let them mind their own affairs.
Their deeds I judge and much condemn,
Yet when did I make laws for them?
Please yourselves, say I , and they
Need only look the other way.
But no, they will not; they must still
Wrest their neighbour to their will,
And make me dance as they desire
With jail and gallows and hell-fire.
And how am I to face the odds
Of man's bedevilment and God's?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.
They will be master, right or wrong;
Though both are foolish, both are strong.
And since, my soul, we cannot fly
To Saturn nor to Mercury,
Keep we must, if keep we can,
These foreign laws of God and man.

-Alfred Housman

I just want to say this is one of a scant few poems that really speaks to me. Even though I think Housman was talking about being alienated for being gay, which I can't really relate to, I feel like it applies to anyone who just feels like something is wrong with the world around them.

Also, technically speaking it's just a well constructed poem. The meter and rhyme, language, everything. It's so awesome. Even the simplest parts, "Keep we must if Keep we can"...That's amazing.

I think even Neo in The Matrix would relate well to this one.

posted on Dec, 10 2012 @ 02:12 PM
Thank you for bringing those words to my attention...

I have never come across that piece of work before, very interesting....

posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 02:09 AM
The creation isn't real. Only the creator is real.

The rule is: just watch. Do not do because you are not god. Become effortless.

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