No Better Than Woods

A small grove massacred to the last ash,
An oak with heart-rot, give away the show:
This great society is going to smash;
They cannot fool us with how fast they go,
How much they cost each other and the gods.
A culture is no better than its woods.

~ Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-02-21 1973-09-29 age:66) A Culture Is No Better Than Its Woods