“Nothing seems worth believing now, All beautiful thoughts, I ignore.” (Sandra Verdi)

Batmale Hall Exterior
The English Department (Batmale Hall R556) at City College of San Francisco holds 35 past issues of Forum, the earliest issue dated 1948.

by Sandra Verdi

Values seem lost in this haphazard world,
Righteousness seems not sincere;
The eyes of the guilty lurk all about,
Life’s purpose does not render clear.

My world is colliding with rapid speed,
With all that I cherished before;
Nothing seems worth believing now,
All beautiful thoughts, I ignore.

For they are not real in such chaotic times,
When the merits of man are unsure;
When honesty falls prey to tyrannical foes,
When life’s pain is so hard to endure.

Can nobody speak the truth anymore,
Is it all a forgotten, dark past;
Can no one find strength in the glory of virtue,
How long must such deception last.

I’m tired of running and searching,
For values that do not exist;
Must I cast aside my ideals like all others,
And scorn those who try to resist.

one last question now invades my mind,
That which I can’t comprehend;
If all of humanity proceeds as it has,
Is not the world close to its end.

“(untitled),” by Sandra Verdi originally published in Forum (1968, City College of San Francisco).

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