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(for Wolfram Elsner)

 

‘Twixt Eros and
Thanatos
somehow
I get by
 
Unmoved by
iconic canons
that but scribe
the Mighty Lie
 
Hobbes Smith
0r Bentham
why must
we
heed today
 
Have done
with their
sordid innings
 
It’s now
our time
of day

 
*

 
We need
live
by our rules
 
History’s
a
fickle guide
 
Rules made by
rulers
gently set aside

 
*

 
I have delved the
classics
though classic were
they not
 
Dry dusty
apothegms
plim with misanthropic
thought
 
Whatever you
may be
a navel-gazer
choose you not
 
You have
no idea
the destruction
they have wrought

 
*

 
Life is meant
for relishing
all that senses
can descry

 
Being
not Becoming
nor coveting
till we die

 
Nor lisping trite
platitudes
that evoke
no passion high
 
A day’s fest
of sunshine
night woke ‘neath
the stars
 
Are worth
surely any day
all of Bacon’s
memoirs

 
*
 
No need there
be for
turgid texts
 
That make
the lifeblood
run dry
 
Walk the solid
earth
beneath
 
Hold strong
the social
tie

 
And abjure
ever the
subterfuge
 
That false
philosophers
supply

 
[© R.Kanth 2022]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (Novel) , A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse)
 

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