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The Argument For Drink
By Craig Kurtz
Akhenaten was ambitious
and he changed the solar system;
where art was once didactic,
he decreed that it should breathe.
Not content with just that project,
he made worship more tendentious;
legislating one god as the sun,
he centralized religion.
It’s prodigious how one person
can exert on history,
astronomies of consequence,
to make the future rove.
Myself, I see a destiny
that will in time astound;
until then, give me time to think
and in the meantime, have a drink.
is where literature matured;
the sovereign, being feminine,
induced upheavals strange.
The merchant classes raised a voice
and printers mechanized it;
but, more than that, all women
did imprint their consciousness.
It’s uncanny when personas
can align with spinning times
and the calendar which marks events
does midwife a renaissance.
Musing to myself, I see
a burgeoning bewildering;
but first, I need some time to think
and thinking on it, have a drink.
Louis Quatorze built Versailles
with poetry, ballets and fetes;
he patronized aestheticism
to outwit his opposition.
The court he shaped was arrogant,
voluptuous and erudite;
all the while, France modernized,
with civic law and fiscal codes.
Heroes don’t make history,
but history can make heroes
and sometimes individuals
will sing immortal melodies.
Craig Kurtz has vexed aesthetic circles since the 1981 release of The Philosophic Collage. Recent work appears in Aerie Literary Journal, Conclave: A Journal of Character, The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Festival Writer, Penmen Review, Penumbra, Red Fez and The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry.
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