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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 12. August 20, 1947

To a Reader of the Decameron

To a Reader of the Decameron

I had known the world of Innocence for seventeen summers
My soul had found its peace beneath its golden skies
But far beyond the horizon in the realm or base Desire
There was the night that my youth had never known.
I, Lord, who searched for Knowledge to reed the subtle mind
Found a scroll that instructed Reason to "be Gone."
Then my flesh in Passion's boat did leave in eager haste
To reach the realm where Desire could lose the soul.
My flesh feasted and grew large by base Desire
And left no room for Reason to pilot me to the Light.
My soul weeping sought comfort in the Divine Absolute
Left me to wed as spouse Eternal Shame.

Omar Hjumas.