. Beatitude Be glad and smile, for they revile, The Truth they mock and put on trial, The Beauty they do not possess, The Good, they curse, and will not bless, For Christ foretold this world’s own bile. Sit back and watch your mirth beguile, A culture which has no lifestyle, Exposing their banal demise, __Be glad and smile. Our friends are few, our foes hostile, Yet if our Faith moves one more mile, Those shafts of light stretch from the skies To dry our tears and win the prize. __Be glad and smile. . . Gregory Ross is an emerging poet and a pilot who lives in Stafford, Virginia.