Poems

Graham Allison: ‘Witness’, ‘Tree that is misshapen’ and ‘The new zealots’

Witness I am not a defender of the old regime and its viciousness. But when I heard the shouts of revolution echoing across the city rooftops I knew it would bring no personal good. She disagreed and declared it was our cause. We should also soldier. Out on the streets she raised her voice like a banner lofted and unfurled in the wind. She became well-known, breathed on flames like a bellows, helped lead the charge. After, we moved in the most exalted circles of the smart new elite. Later, intrigue engulfed her. Perhaps she was too popular, was seen…

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