extended to the flies he ate
with no regret
until one day
a clever fly engaged him in debate
making him stay
too long under the Sun to state
his points of sweat
And O the fly's sharp word
challenged his Text with cutting Irony!
brandishing that Conqueror Sword--Imagery!
and Image like Emperor/its troubadour
Rhyme!... and Simile (that old conspirator)
Style d'janitor--Analogy, like War!
The editor Syntax. Conciseness the matador.
Rhetoric (our primogenitor). Clarity: Executor!
O unholy Hyperbole & Analysis (the monitor),
Purity, that Inquisitor
(& what's more:
Contrast! Balance! Rhythm! that ancient Minotaur)
of Poetry! the best sound ever heard
yet by Th'World over which goes:
(that murderous meteor!)...
ing tongue lets go of fly's body
--& the next thing:
that scholar frog to his deserted Stone
still fine philosophies over The Starving