Poetry for Strangers: Dignity


they found the long lost little iliad
but historical errors are myriad

was achilles really drunk when he died
shot ten times by paris, undignified?

i doubt priam jitterbugged on the shore
with helen outside the tent of nestor

a bizarre use of achilles’s few hours
counting the kumquats in the trojan towers

odysseus stared at troys unfelled walls:
“I’m sick of this shit, honor can suck balls”

surely the trojan horse wasn’t painted
with pink polka dots? the whole myth’s tainted!

that epic ass agamemnon claimed only he
could make troy great again by burning the city

is it just satire by aristophanes?
or is life a circus of absurdities?

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