(first appeared in “Mind in Motion -spring 1993)
Reason slithers through the ages,
slave to the will.
What party wears its laurels,
what city its crown?
Athens fell and then Rome;
time plunders all fortifications.
World views tumble like dominoes
and definitions of man.
Strange chaos in sequential order:
new ages and new justifications,
logic pillars each empire of ideals,
strength derived by context.
Modern dramas play out on ancient stages,
present shadows darken history’s tales.
Short sighted, each era is equally enlightened:
ignorant of the future, rejecting the past.