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CASTLEREAGH

Mon 6th Aug 2018







I met Murder on the way
He had a mask like Castlereagh (The Mask of Anarchy; Shelley)


we

forget that satirists

even
poets

had

their own devils



that
pricked

the
romantic part of them

to
anger



that
the worst of times were upon them

nothing

matched
their shameful days



with
wry tears

they
dashed

ink
across parchment and paper



in

fact

Castlereagh

was

more sinned against than sinning



a

sensitive soul

who
at least had the decency to cut his own throat

unlike
Shelley


who
murdered through neglect

selfishness

and
intellectual beauty


history
is written by those with a pleasing style

this
alone

is
a reason for mistrusting those who fancy themselves as philosophers
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