Be Serious

Be serious

I am not a Greek hero

Does that shock you? do my words scathe?

Be serious

That I do not need your words to kill my mother

Is that a revelation?

Be serious

Such words would be unwelcome. I would rather

You had fallen into the Nile to drown

Does that surprise you?

Be serious

Even Alexander preferred the cult of conquest to Roman adoration

(or, at least, he should have)

Do not yet deify me

Surely that is owed to you

Shrines to the unwelcome

Burned throughout a disintegrating empire

Freedom lost to the individual

Surely,

surely

I owe you that much.

 

 

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