Mighty past

Shelved saviors whose verticaled torsos—          square-jaw beards towering sure-footed steeds
Breathtaking immobile virility
Maybe their petrified dynamism
Our yearned past

If the statue bears sword                                      must extend bicep flexation
Hunt!
Killed burden
Shaman shushed
Slaughtered forests                                               grass 500,000 hectares plowed

Why!
Alacritous in all actions
Yes we relive their confidence for our tomorrows
Subduing the plazas they subdue history
Although in their shadow                                     youths nightime selling out
For a twenty greenback and an opioid

Beatifying pedestal preservation the pumice undying
Vision always forward
Eyes died long ago
But hoof raised—                                                  we advance!

So to hope, against defeat
          Against our proximate stagnation
          A reaping

Just take up beat again
Inheritances compelled

Andy Oram
June 21, 2018

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