Monday, September 6, 2010

Greece

Greece

Phythagoras a god in ancient Greece
Humanity’s understanding of mathematics he did increase
Socrates’ contribution was to the field of logic
His wisdom no doubt labelled him demagogic.

Aristotle fathered poetry and physics
It was also a time they played with eugenics
Plato philosophized of a true democracy
The times were tired of a brute aristocracy.

But what of all this history and magic
The Iliad and M MX appear more tragic
Has the glory of Hellenism come to expire
Ignorance in finance may have created the mire.

Greeks labelled lazy and idle
In anger some have turned homicidal
Branded tax evaders and not very realistic
Inevitably they have become a global statistic.

Investment bankers smug in the turmoil
Government officials a bankruptcy they could not foil
The IMF and Germany pledge ready a new tomorrow
A whole bunch of money ready to borrow.

Amidst the chaos, the sum of two ones no longer equals two
Logic sterilized by a much stranger brew
Words of poets ravage the mind
The new Democracy not very kind.

To a great people I say I am sorry
Your legacy sits lifeless on a rusted lorry
Shamed by the greed of an invisible hand
Revenge and death we await by Zeus’ command.

To Jason we beseech the golden fleece
To Alexander the Macedonian to bring a new peace
To Homer we seek the story of a new journey
To the men of evil the invocation of a flaming gurney.

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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