Human Beings

A depressive an alcoholic
William Golding
The man who wrote the novel
Lord of the Flies
Written after the horrors
Of Nazi Europe
Humanity a thing now
To despise

A better story
True about an island
Concerns some boys
Escaping catholic school
Sailing out of Tonga
Buffeted by storm
They fetch up on an island
Feeling fool

15 months they survive
Ordeal together
They make a rule
Never to disagree
When they do
They agree to do a time out
Calm all tempers
Then they shall be free

Rescued by a ship they see
And swim to
These boys reveal
A kinder nature here
We are not as bad
As Golding wished to paint us
Goodness in our nature
Does appear

And you?
What do you think about our nature?
Are we good or mainly good
Or downright rotten
Depending on your viewpoint
Is the way you live your life
Remember yes,
Or should we be forgotten?

Brian Fahy
3 June 2021

+ After reading The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months, by Rutger Bregman, in the Guardian, 9 May 2020

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