Long after joy and happiness are spent,
it's pain that spurs the selves of men to see
full attention to their predicament
must be attained to set them fully free.
With less than full devotion to this goal,
the kings of old re-throne themselves again
to crush the quest to liberate the soul
and cast the inner angel back in chain.
So sacrifice and struggle stay in vain,
and hearts, once deep and teachable turn cold.
The shallow tyranny of ego's-brain
struts goose-step once again, and we grow old.
The chance to Paradise hangs by a thread,
for those who would delay, already dead!