Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
To go for glory is to court the pain,
The shame, the never-ending toil and all
The years of heartbreak when a modest gain
Occasions further disappointment. Lost
In the hard-edged struggle is not the call
To duty or even faith, but a sense
Of fairness and proportion: damn the cost
To those who overpaid by half or more
Without a nickel’s worth of recompense,
And hand it to the lucky few who made
The grade with very little effort—sore
Losers need not apply. Yet Heaven knows,
This glory’s flimsy, prone to sudden fade
Like winter sunsets and the desert rose.
C. B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Some of his poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Galway Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Anglican Theological Review. His book of poetry, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder, was published in 2013 by White Violet Press.