In a Time
In a time of secret wooing
Today prepares tomorrow’s ruin
Left knows not what right is doing
My heart is torn asunder.
In a time of furtive sighs
Sweet hellos and sad goodbyes
Half-truths told and entire lies
My conscience echoes thunder
In a time when kingdoms come
Joy is brief as summer’s fun
Happiness, its race has run
Then pain stalks in to plunder.
From Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water Fore I Die by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1971 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.
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