From The Seattle Star, September 26, 1913. By Berton Braley.
Let’s get together and tell ourselves
How superfine we are.
Let’s perch way up on our lofty shelves
And gaze on life from afar;
Let’s look with scorn on the common herd
Who toil at a useful job,
Let’s speak of art as a magic word
And sneer at the busy “mob.”
Let’s speak of faith as an outworn thing,
Of love as a creed that’s dead.
At everything plain and simple we’ll fling
A barb with a poisoned head;
Let’s jest at honor and sneer at law
And chortle at truth as rot,
Till people murmur, “We never saw
Such a liberal-minded lot.”
And while we jabber and sneer and smirk
And our words of wisdom fall
The world will trudge to its daily work
And never will care at all!