A FALLEN WORLD

Aeroflot plane

Someone wrote today: Prayer doesn’t work—
In Moscow: “Lady, get me out of here”
A signal came at once from a musician
On the Moscow Metro who played there

Franz Schubert’s famous ode Ave Maria
Soon the clerk at Aeroflot the airline
Took four hundred dollars for a ticket
To Zurich and he said the bribe was fine

Answers come to faith and fervency—
There must be true belief and also need,
Love of God and spiritual modesty
Not pride, nor rage nor ugliness of greed

It was another’s greed that gave the answer
A fallen world, that craving shows the power