Letter: Timely reflections on Robert Service’s ‘The Reckoning’TO THE EDITOR: This is the second of two parts.
By: Nick Even (1934- ), Bay City, Pierce County Herald
TO THE EDITOR: This is the second of two parts.
Could it be, Robert Service’s see;
Is a prophet’s warning,
To the woes we’re now mourning?
For tis you and me,
Whose been on this spending spree;
The likes of which few have known,
For tis our great wealth we have blown.
Is it yet our reckoning day,
That we find the courage to pay;
Or will we again pass it by,
With a wink and a sigh?
Will we continue to ignore a debt-ridden economy,
And where our flag waves over two wars of hegemony;
Will we divert our brain,
From concerns of self-gain?
Will we get up from our chair,
And turn off flat TV’s hypnotic glare;
Long enough to dig down deep,
Beneath decades of sleep?
As a person, as a state, as a nation,
Will we choose the road to economic salvation;
Or will we defer our debts to a future generation,
And justly deserve their damnation?
Poet Service’s fair warning,
Should move us beyond mourning;
To have the courage and will,
With God’s strength and wisdom to now
“Foot the bill.”