Palladium

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

ethical preconceptions.

 

 

Interested in what is

not what ought to be

we have forgotten

he said what Veblen said

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