Saturday, November 17, 2012

High Sugar

High Sugar
By Les Murray

Honey gave sweetness
to Athens and Rome,
and later, when splendour
might rise nearer home,

sweetness was still honey
since, pious or lax,
every cloister had its apiary
for honey and wax

but when kings and new doctrines
drained those deep hives
then millions of people
were shipped from their lives

to grow the high sugar
from which were refined
frigates, perukes, human races
and the liberal mind.


Enbrethiliel said...


This is has as much humour as Chesterton's panning of cocoa and tea, but is ultimately the better allegory.

Paul Stilwell said...

I love that GKC poem, and yes, I agree, this one has the better allegory.

Cocoa is a cad and coward, cocoa is vulgar beast!