Book Review

“Book Review”

In ancient Athens long ago,
the slaves and women suffered durance.
Men worshipped virile domination,
erecting phallic herms galore.
Their world around them soon crashed low,
for karmic forces have no patience.

The Reign of the Phallus: Sexual Politics in Ancient Athens
EC Keuls, 1993



The books of rules have many chapters
containing sections to elide,
their antecedents proven wrong.
This often causes controversy.
How dare we question our ancestors?!
But even they would say it’s right.



With dirt and water we make mud,
massaging it into cohesion
and baking it to make ceramics
to hold our foodstuffs and our lore.
The new to old we do abut
and civilising bounds extend.

Team Roles

“Team Roles”

Some fusions last and others end,
some mergers work and others don’t.
What might be guarantees sufficient
for higher chances of success?
Some pundits say odds best are reckoned
by looking at the blends of talent.



We find these ancient images
with notes from their historians
to document their circumstances
from lo these many years ago
and then we see that they are us—
our early selves till now forgotten.