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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 1. March 1, 1946

Odyssey of Being

Odyssey of Being

Creep from your cradled callowness,
gaze with your infant eyes agape
at adult bearing only to be aped;
in new adventure only to be tried
project your sapling self.

Venture out hesitant with sidling steps;
emboldened, take the world up in your hands.
Heft it and tap it, learn its inner ways.
drink from its hollow depths unsatisfied.
Then cast the gourd away.

Go out to set the joint of time,
with ready logic knock the globe askew;
crumble, its tables stone, its home-made gods,
and then with retrospective smile indulge the radical.

Lulled in the corner of senility
live in your imagery, transcend your wizened shell;
then to the tune of sycophantic hums
and sty subservience to aged tyrrany,
slip in the hollow palm of death.

G. H. Datson