from Odi Barbare

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Boreal light-loaded incorrigible

Plutocratic anarchy breaks the archons

Little praised here more adamantine than those

       Clapped into durance

 

Herod rants | pageants on their wooden tractions

Cannot hold him · Now he is in the shambles

Butchers Row · Come back you old wakeman | watch us

       Cartwheel to ruin

 

Terms at law viz Tragedy Anticommons

Tudor statecraft sounds only half as stately

Interludes they acted in fiery winter

       Heywood and Medwall

 

So then tell us what inspiration | sets I

Magination back on its heels of rancour

Inner cells where rigged Politeia banters

       Tokenless furies

 

Shall they break us twice in unbroken cycle

Lords of our time | losers of others’ livings

Negative life equity left our children

       With a bone ploughshare

 

Who are these restless in the darkened kingdom

Apprehension memory clamour spectral

Turn in conned sleep murmurous vexing nation

       Now and regardless

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