A Bitter Path
by Barry S. Maltese

In the darkness surrounding this bitter world
where shadows cover our people with hate
Where it is easy to curse and speak with anger
tempting the hands of unforgiving fate

When people prefer to settle their quarrels
with force, and muscle, and foolish pride
Then more of our loving civilization
will have painfully suffered  . . . until it died

How can we let frustration take over
guiding our ways to a darkened heart
Can't we see just what it is doing?!
tearing what we had completely apart!

What will be left of Love and Compassion
as it becomes even easier for Life to devalue
I can see this world caught up in bitterness
Losing the qualities that we once held true