The World Is Cruel

The world is cruel,
but beautiful.
There was a day,
short but glorious,
When the earth,
Reflecting her Creator,
was generous and humane.

Scorned, her discord
does neither diminish
her secret charm, nor
The genius of her God.
But imperious Man
ever struggles against
The rod of Penance,

Striping that stubborn
elemental handmaid
(now herself
an image of his own