Two Kinds of Anger

Two kinds of anger side by side exist
In this our fallen material world
‘Tis we decide to which one we will list
And by it into which universe hurled

Do we feel anger something bad about
And righteous urge that something to correct
Some ease for other victims bring about?
Then ’tis to God within that we connect

But ‘ware! To fall from that corrective hight
Allowing ourselves baser rage to feel
Against another — they wrong and we right
Is to have disconnected from the real

And fallen into sin fully as deep
As that which any perpetrator know
Forgetting promises we didn’t keep
Times when our moral code we fell below

And when that code itself mockery made
Of all our gentle savior had to say
Our pridefullness one humbler hath unmade
For our joys someone else’s sorrows pay

We none of us can live here without fault
You are no better than a blade of grass
No more a blessing than a grain of salt
Raging within your house of sheerest glass

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