All Hollow

Image from the LIFE magazine website. Description of photo can be found in the Life Visits the Hatfields and McCoys – May 22, 1944 – magazine article.

All Hollow.

I stood beneath a hollow tree, the blast it hollow blew;
I thought upon the hollow world, and all its hollow crew,
Ambition and its hollow schemes, the hollow hopes we follow;
Imagination’s hollow dreams — all hollow, hollow, hollow!

A crown is but a hollow thing, and hollow heads oft  wear it.
The hollow title of a king, what hollow hears oft bear it;
No hollow wiles, nor sweetest smiles of ladies fair, I follow;
For beauty sweet still hides deceit; ’tis hollow, hollow, hollow!

The hollow leader but betrays the hollow dupes who heed him;
The hollow critic vends his praise to hollow dupes who feed him;
The hollow friend who takes your hand is but a summer swallow;
Whatever I see is like this tree — all hollow, hollow, hollow.
Anonymous.

Title: The Bridgemen’s Magazine, Volume 16
Authors: International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers
Publisher: International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, 1916
Page 426

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2 Responses to “All Hollow”

  1. Lisa Scarborough Says:

    EXCELLENT

  2. Bill Says:

    Haunting. I can’t get this out of my mind.

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