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let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

KING ETZEL(Flagellum Dei)

Torture and cruelty to prisoners long preceded America
Waterboarding and its equivalents were practiced by the Medieval Church
Hanging,drawing,quartering a solid English custom
Yet still we compare all tyrants with Caligula and Attila The Hun
Romans knew the qualities of their adversaries-
Hannibal and his elephants/Celts and Visigoths
Decline starts when vassal states pay tribute(not much has changed-
Germany's enforced reparations post World War One
Greece's current debt crisis defying democracy
Is it the strategist who unites all disparate tribes
or the warrior who by sword and bow and fire scorches the earth beneath us?
Alexander the Great had Aristotle as a tutor
Attila the Hun had Roman strategists.Yet it was his warrior prowess that laid waste
and his strict cruelties that made legends of his name
Even now,we compare horrors and personalize them
Even now,we demonize Stalin,Hussein,Gaddafi,Mao,Assad
Yet none can compare-with Attila The Hun!

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