says who


Muses—ruses? Truth

is oracles’ domain.

& always belated.


inspiration, too,


mumbles its words


regarding what or who

will ultimately claim

the temporary fame


of the hero, the true

embalmer of culture

for the wake of the future.


hunger for the new

condemns to laughter

whatever comes after


an awkward adieu

from the once arcane

masters of the aforesaid.