We Do Not Know The Enemy

We do not know the enemy
But yet we battle on;
We lived so long in darkness that
We cannot see the dawn

Our eyes are closed, our minds are closed
The night we have subsumed
Under a flag called “justice”
In a kingdom lost and doomed

To the eternal night in which
Recurring nightmares range:
We do not know the enemy
And so
We cannot


Weep not that the world changes–did it keep
A stable changeless state, ’twere cause indeed to weep.

From “Mutation” by William Cullen Bryant

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