Two Men

A poem derived from differnt lines in "An Outpost of Progress" by Joseph Conrad.


Absolutely nothing

Stupidity and laziness

Aware only of what came in contact

They lived

They discounted their virtues

And began to think

Waiting for a while

They lived in conditions where the unusual might be dangerous

There was no power

They would be killed

For nothing is easier

With sudden suspicion and looking hard

Shot through the body

Silence seemed to lie heavily

The matter was becoming serious

He sat by the man he killed

Hanging by a leather strap from the cross

Justice could be done