On the Lives of Some he Knew        

They were so irremediably hurt, and straight from the start,

That Christ must see His Agony renewed in each shattered

          boy’s heart,

And when in their improbable deaths they finally make contact

          with love,

Surely He will find not malice but sadness in the poor toys they

          made much of,

And give them a real childhood with Him, forever away from


- So, at least, it seems, watching them attempt to live, an

          unmastered art.