Published Humanitas, Volume VII, No. 1, 1994
(a dialogue about revolutions, 1789 and 1917)
“Progress! Ah, pruned by Euclid’s tome?”
Poor logic-sharp Procrustes: no green thumb.
“Straight lines are the shortest distance between two points.”
Straight lines are the bloodiest distance between blueprints.
“How launch—instead—a lib no blood can warp?”
Smite Goliath with David’s . . . harp.
“What slave-freeing stone enslaved the slave?”
Baby Goliath’s, when his name was . . . Dave.
—Peter Viereck