MILITARY GRAVEYARD (October 22, 2013)

I walked the military graveyard,

The rows of signposts, mottled marble or glowing snow

But equal in shape,

And I counted the dead:

The noble Hero, warrior king,

Who stared down Janus;

Also good Reason, who shielded him;

The last was Outrage, Reason’s widow,

Each battle brought her injury

Until she could feel no more

And gave up the ghost.

Outside the cemetery, her bastard child Indifference,

The sole survivor,

Watching the gravediggers,

Broken timepiece in hand.

 

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