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In light of what comes

Francis Anthony Govia

Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, martyred.

One man’s death
is another man’s livelihood

One man’s happiness
is another man’s sorrow

One man’s peril
is another man’s peace

One man’s health
is another man’s disease.

What we compare
And though we may borrow
Cute statements to tell the story
Men will consider these days in retrospect
in light of what comes tomorrow.

One man’s land
is another man’s bounty

One man’s prison
is another man’s home

One man’s ocean
is another man’s battle ground

One man’s triumph
is another man’s bane.

One man’s mountain
is another man’s rubble

One man’s research
is another man’s crime

One man’s progress
is another man’s diversion

One man’s contraband
is another man’s trade.

One man’s love
is another man’s spite

One man’s fear
is another man’s challenge

One man’s passion
is another man’s irrelevance

One man’s wisdom
is another man’s folly.

One man’s hope
is another man’s distress

One man’s sleep
is another man’s wake

One man’s gun
is another man’s ploughshare

One man’s protest
is another man’s anarchy.

What we compare
And though we many borrow
Cute statements to tell the story
Men will consider these days in retrospect
in light of what comes tomorrow.

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