5.   THE SEASONS OF MAN

As an individual spring denotes youth
And the winter old age,
But as a caveman spring denotes
The formation of the family,
Summer its reproduction,
Autumn new family foundations
And winter the formation of the village and its chieftain.

So is spring a new village,
Summer its wealth and growth,
Autumn the formation of other villages
And winter the formation of a kingdom.

So is the formation of a kingdom spring,
Summer its wealth and growth,
Autumn the formation of more kingdoms
And winter the formation of a nation and government.

So is the formation of a nation spring,
Summer its economic wealth and growth,
Autumn the formation of new governments
And winter the formation of a global civilization.

Thus is the global civilization only spring,
Summer its economic wealth and growth,
Autumn the creation of independent inter-planetary colonies
And winter the formation of an inter-planetary federation.

Therefore is spring the formation of a new civilization,
Summer its refinement over the old,
Autumn the establishment and orthodoxy
And winter the coming of the new.

23/07/1997