THE NOONDAY DEMON
This you need to be, you sad bag of bones.
Rest easy. Your sins are forgivable.
Down on your knees and kiss the holy stones!
The noonday demon eats your heart away.
Day follows dreary day and no delight
Of kiss or human kindness can allay
These leaden pangs, the spectres of midnight.
Let the lions roar, let the lions come,
And tear you apart with their ravening jaws.
The unbearable will be overcome
And all our days be dead as dinosaurs.
God’s ways are so mysterious only he
Knows why the things he made are meant to be.