He was a boy once too and took it all in,
The pious expressions and necessities
That his parents staked their lives on.
He saw the earnest desire to be good.
But in those days so many things were changing
And moving and catching his eye.
The piety of his elders hardly alive
Except in reference to itself.
And so he struck out to blaze a new trail,
To know the truth, yes, always that,
But to live for others no matter the cost,
To be bold, to be new, to shake off the dust.