I am not a Greek hero
Does that shock you? do my words scathe?
That I do not need your words to kill my mother
Is that a revelation?
Such words would be unwelcome. I would rather
You had fallen into the Nile to drown
Does that surprise you?
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
I owe you that much.