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Laura Burns United States (8/27/2013 8:03:00 PM)

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Marginalia (II)


II

A dead man
who never caused others to die
seldom rates a statue.

The last king
of a fallen dynasty
is seldom well spoken of.

Few even wish they could read
the lost annals
of a cudgelled people.

The tyrant's device:
Whatever Is Possible
Is Necessary.

Small tyrants, threatened by big,
sincerely believe
they love Liberty.

No tyrant ever fears
his geologists or his engineers.

Tyrants may get slain,
but their hangmen usually
die in their beds.

Patriots?Little boys,
obsessed by Bigness,
Big Pricks, Big Money, Big Bangs.

In States unable
to alleviate Distress,
Discontent is hanged.

In semi-literate countries
demagogues pay
court to teen-agers.

When Chiefs of State
prefer to work at night,
let the citizens beware.

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