monday, february 18

reading montaigne on the bus

four hundred and some years on,
a 50 year old translation,
and what has really changed?

i guess men are generally less concerned these days
with the conduct of siege warfare

and though death is still a basic problem
composure in the face of torture
and bloody exit scenes built on edged weapons
don't have so much immediacy on the american domestic front

(we've got people hard at work on this one, and let's
be fair — they've made great strides
in the realm of foreign policy)