There will always be ill fortune.
Decent people caught in indecent times
Adrift on the sea with no wind in their sails
Disaster will always find someone to visit.
As long as there is a human race
Selfishness will also persist
There will always be fantastic flaws in human nature
We always seem to find a way to screw things up.
So for those that care enough to make things better,
We have our work cut for us.
We are are contending for a world
Beyond lip service to our ideals
Beyond pendulum swings from the far-right to the far-left
Beyond “each man for himself”
Where the walls aren’t so high
And the valleys aren’t so deep,
Where our economies aren’t running ahead
For the greatest good of a few
And leaving so many behind.
We hope that generations to come
Will have better sets of problems
And that our appetite for division
Would have greatly abated.
There will always be forces within us to resist
And forces outside of us to grapple with,
May we never lose our patience
To wade through our despair
Or the strength to rise again
After we’ve fallen.