want

 

for humans to get

whatever they want

 

is not better

 

illness makes health

sweet and good

 

as

famine plenty

 

and

toil rest

 

 

 

 

share

 

arriving at life

they clamor

for a share

 

leave

children

their doom’s share

 

 

 

 

name

 

bow—

 

name is life

deed is death

 

 

 

 

war

 

necessary

to know

 

war is common

 

justice is strife

 

conflict reaches all

 

 

 

 

principal

 

war is

 

father of all

king of all

 

brought these to light

gods

those men

 

these slaves

those free

 

 

 

 

fallen

 

slain by Ares—

 

revered by gods

by men

 

 

 

 

oncoming

 

fire oncoming

will

 

tell apart

outrun

 

all

 

 

 

 

payment

 

fire—

 

payment

for all things

 

all for

fire

 

like

gold for goods

goods for gold

 

 

 

 

die

 

deathless

and dying

 

mortal

immortal

 

living death

of these

 

dying life

of those

 

 

 

 

same

 

the same

present

in

 

living

dying

 

waking

sleeping

 

young

old

 

altered

these are those

 

those are these

altered

 

 

 

 

names

 

god—

 

day 

                              night

winter

                              summer

war

                              peace

plenty

                              famine

 

altering and

named

 

like

savors of incense

 

on the flame

 

 

 

 

apportioned

 

how great the dying—

 

so great what is given

 

 

 

 

imagine

 

what awaits

the human dead

 

they don’t

anticipate

 

or imagine

 

 

 

 

sleep

 

death—

what the waking see

 

what we see asleep

—sleep

 

 

 

 

dead

 

corpses—

 

more to be expelled

than shit

 

 

 

 

these

 

they would not have known

the name

‘justice’

 

but for

these things

 

 

 

 

hubris

 

more necessary

to quench

 

hubris

 

than conflagrations

 

 

 

 

lies

 

justice

will outrun

 

crafters

swearing witnesses

 

of the lie

 

 

 

 

never

 

how evade

 

what

never sets?

 

 

 

 

rites

 

by tradition

hallowed

 

their mysteries

debase them