What shadows we are
and what shadows we pursue

Edmund Burke, Speech (1780)

between birth and death
a mayfly wings for hours

a man may straddle centuries
yet grow no wiser

as the decades grey him
and he runs to fat

we speak of the spirit
but what we mean is fear

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URL: www.mourne.org/fear.htm