Poetry

Paul Lake: Two Poems

Martyr of Modernity Christ had his cross. Antoine Lavoisier, Discoverer of matter’s conservation, When sentenced by the frenzied Paris mob For crimes against the state, used the occasion To make a last experiment. To see How long a brain could live deprived of blood, He asked a friend to mount the guillotine And lift his severed head and count his blinks Before all thought devolved to chemistry, Then bravely gazed until the last: thirteen. Epilogue to “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Returning from his proud procession, The king was pleased by the parade: His ministers left the impression That emperors must…

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