The doubter and the doubt
the genius with a tyrannous eye
who would capture the poetry of culture
in a meter of transcendent systemization.
Scoffing at the humanitarians who tried
to change petrified institutions
and shunning moral exhortation.
We are all the children
of a highly intelligent father
once upon a time.
The intellectual wayfarer
a wanderer in the no man’s land
somewhere over the horizon.
Writer of Greek curses
a predilection for shiftless iconoclasm
to destroy national myths
the time honoured conventions.
A fierce hater
freely to conceal
Interested in what is
not what ought to be
we have forgotten
he said what Veblen said