by David Whippman
The Caesars and the Alexanders,
whose restlessness raised and ruined empires,
their minds were formed early,
hard as the bronze of their statues
in unseen, twisted shapes.
Rebellion was invisible and hopeless:
even if the questions had been invented
who would dare ask them?
Couches were only for pleasure;
no one would offer insights
bitter as rotting fruit.
It was easier to look outward,
where soldiers died and empires fell, as therapy.
History was the easiest thing to change.
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