Richard Wilbur, The Beautifull Changes and Other Poems, New York, Harcourt, 1947.

The imminent singletax state,

The Negro rebellion, the rise

Of the nudist cult, the return

Of the Hasburgs, whatch and wait

And praise

The spirit and not the cause and neatly precipitate

What is not doctrine, what is not bound

To enclosured ground ; what stays ?


Lives that the caddis fly lays


Twist air and water, must lie

Long under water-how Saul

Cursed once the market babblers,

Righteous could watch them die !

Who learns

How hid the trick is of justice, cannot go home, nor can leave,

But the dilemna, cherrished tyrannical,

While he despairs and burns