Saturday Poem


Anger and envy much in vogue.
Yet this is the welfare state,
Health and contentment guaranteed.

Nature smiles; only historians
Wake in the night. One or two
Wise men make their wills.

And they do well. An age of self
Is always mother
To another age of hell.

by John Fowles
from Poems: John Fowles
Ecco Press, 1973