by: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
the good to sit and grieve
- Because the serpent tempted Eve.
- Better to wipe your eyes and take
- A club and go out and kill a snake.
- But if you prefer, as I suspect,
- To philosophize, why, then, reflect:
- If the cunning rascal upon the limb
- Hadn't tempted her she'd have tempted him.
POEMS BY AMBROSE BIERCE
"Consolation" is reprinted
from The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Vol. IV: Shapes
of Clay. Ambrose Bierce. New York: Neale Publishing Company,