Horror Vacui

by Edward Alan Bartholomew 

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Man is neither animal nor god

Nor does he pass from one into the next.

Though thund'rous leaps may propagate his trod

To forests and to heavens, he objects


Nor does he pass from one into the next.

Once his steel and concrete empires span

To forests and to heavens, he objects

To that abyss from which his spirit ran.


Once, his steel and concrete empires' span

Accrued by bestial means the sea and sod;

To that abyss from which his spirit ran

He prayed and made a sceptre of his rod.


Accrued by bestial means, the sea and sod

Now rock and root by gentler human hands;

He prayed and made a sceptre of his rod,

But overtaxed from kneeling, now he stands.


Now, rock and root, by gentler human hands,

Displant and carry off from fallow fields,

But overtaxed from kneeling, now he stands

To walk along the boundaries of his yields.


Displant and carry off from fallow fields,

For man is not content in field nor cell,

To walk along the boundaries of his yields:

Along the deserts and the gates to hell.


For man is not content in field nor cell

Nor does he pass from one into the next.

Along the deserts and the gates to hell,

To forests, and to heavens, he objects,


Nor does he pass from one into the next.

Though thund'rous leaps may propagate his trod,

To forests, and to heavens, he objects:

Man is neither animal nor god.