In the Halls of Knowledge
The Great Men shared their wisdom
With emperors, kings, monarchs, and generals.
Great women shared their insights and guidance, too,
But their words are stored in different wings of the Great Hall.
It was the Great Men who laid the foundations
For civilisation, for democracy, for tyranny,
Architectural planning, sewage, and war.
It was the Great Men who failed to save humanity
From the thirst for destruction men can never quench.
Some warned against aggression and greed,
Others advised on the proper path to power,
But the Final Solution was always one fault away.
These hoary gentlemen appear to watch over us,
But their stony eyes have no more sight,
Than the once active brains that planned
A future of deprivation and conflict.
They’ve let us down for three-thousand years, now,
But we keep returning to the font for another drink.
Surely this time Confucius will save us,
Or perhaps Seneca’s sagacity won’t be ignored.
Maybe Erasmus can calm the passions of the commoners.
I will smash the stone feet of those assumed sophic.
Their dead eyes, long blind, offer me no vision.
Their petty squabbles resolve no crisis.
Let them rot and roil the dead with their mendacity.
Let them be forgotten for giving us false hope
That we might see a brighter future.
Let their names be trammeled underfoot
As we race to our annihilation.
They should have seen it would be the only resolution.