Poetry by Philip M. Williams


Alexander

Once, many years ago,  a keen eyed man with long
Flowing hair, a fast moving horse, a strong
And restless arm that swung a sword to subjugate
The world, died at thirty three.  You can rate
His worth by iconography, perhaps a coin
Emblazoned with his glare, or stroll a city square,
And see his feats beneath your feet. He will not care.
Nor did he know he left behind a cultural strand
That fed the world.  Curiosity marked his band.

Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A!
Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A!
Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A.!

Some few years went by,  sixteen score at least.
There comes a deep eyed man astride a plodding beast.
Indifferent to outraged taunts, he saw beneath
Man’s finery, man’s sharpened steel, man’s  golden wreaths.
To other needs  he rode, to love and unity,
To Jerusalem,  to death. His age was thirty three.
Man cleaves to His  iconography with  timeless hope.
Say Michaeangelo’s  Pieta, of a  mom’s embrace
Of her lost son, or of that  lonely figure man placed
Against a cross.  Or to feed the poor, of loaves and fish
In simple lines, to keep alive  his dying wish.

Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A.
Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A.
Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A.!

The world we know grows old  and  small.
Fly to the moon.
See life as a ball.
Out of the West comes riding a man.
High! Ho! Silver!
Real leather boots.
Wide white hat with a broad black band.
Arm-chair man.
Six trillion guns go off with a roar.
Wow! Yippee!
That war’s done. Lets start more.

 

Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S. A. !
Hey! Hey! Hey!
U. S. A.!
Hey! Hey! Hey!
U.S.A.!

 

This poem is set to an Alexandrine rhyme and meter. An Alexandrine is admirable in a biography, for some men may be less than half, and some may be whole.

On 5/1/03 our president landed on a U.S. Aircraft Carrier which was draped in a banner declaring "Mission Accomplished". Presently, in May of 2011 our military is still in Iraq.

This is dedicated to that lonely group that stands in front of the Post Office on Saturday mornings to protest the moral failure of the war.

  List of Poems:

Songs of war

1. Song, on reading Hitchens' Good Time for War
2. Alexander

3. Acela Express
Birthday Songs
1. Birthday Girl
2. Travel

Stairs in and around Harvard College
1. Stadium Sonnet
2. Gund Hall Stairs
3. Harvard Coop Stairs (Tree of Knowledge)

Odd Songs
1. Piss Tish
2. Poison Ivy Blues
3. The Boston Room

Peace and Love
1. Sea of Love
2. Distant Moon
3. Anti Faustian Pact
4. It is an Honor

5. My Tin House
Old Age
1. To Jack
Eternity
1. In Memoriam
2. The Judge


 

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