Quotation by William Dewitt Snodgrass

Riot in Algeria, in Cyprus, in Alabama;
Aged in wrong, the empires are declining,
And China gathers, soundlessly, like evidence.
What shall I say to the young on such a morning?—
Mind is the one salvation?—also grammar?—
No; my little ones lean not toward revolt.
William Dewitt Snodgrass (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Campus on the Hill (l. 20–25). . .

Selected Poems, 1957–1987 [W.D. Snodgrass]. (1987) Soho Press.
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