The Fate Of Flies

“The Fate of Flies”

Archimedes squats contemplating
Circles and cylinders, a guttural voice interrupts
Demanding compensation for grasping
Claw and scorpions bite in mangled barbaric intonation; a
Buzzing heavily laden fly
Lazily drifts on heat waves from bronzed helm to
Hoary head interrupting the proceedings

The “Sword of Rome”
Desires a performing monkey;
Shouts and cries of pleading
Citizens muffled by the buzzing,
Archimedes swirls fingers in dust, contemplates this
Sweaty farmer whose
Leader’s fame, murderous greed
For a shiny suit of Gallic armor, has
Sent this goat boy for a bit of Greek plunder

Civic duty demands a Leonidas, fair Syracuse,
Gem of Dorian grace, sacrificed in Artemis’s
Hour, her virgins splayed and sullied.
Archimedes cries out only
Moments before
“Destroy the papers lad…,”
Considering the option, teaching
Geometry to donkeys, wolves, worse men

And in a flaming effervescence
Poor science tossed, the
Vestibule empties
Mere reddened
Circles wetting fly embellished
Dust…

By Gary Crethers
6/29/13
Long Beach

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