Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Stephen Crane on ranging men in rows

Once there came a man 
Who said 
'Range me all men of the world in rows.'
And instantly
There was terrific clamor among the people
Against being ranged in rows,
There was a loud quarrel, world-wide.
It endured for ages;
And blood was shed 
By those who would not stand in rows,
And by those who pined to stand in rows.
Eventually, the man went to death, weeping.
And those who stayed in bloody scuffle 
Knew not the great simplicity. 

Stephen Crane 
(1871 - 1900) 

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