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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947

The Quick-Witted Present

The Quick-Witted Present

This is the quick-witted present that piles
Dead leaves with autumn instinct on the soiled
Side of a palsied past. Treasured smiles
Still Bcarce belong to those who toiled.
Twice men have fought Twice the quietude
Was wronged. Two faint coronals of light
Were crushed, near the opulent solitude
Of bland sunny days and reverent nights.
We who survive, have we the courage
Of curiosity to question the wasted pain,
To re-unite the centre, and dispel our mirage
Of wistful men who yearn for peace, in vain?
Time runs short. These guilty years yet abhor
The moans of holy dead who died in war.