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From Cleopatra’s Kingdom of Idolatry

Posted: April 10, 2011 by 7efellight in Poetry

Cleopatra’s Kingdom of Idolatry in a series of volumes may amount to as many as 1200 sonnets. As Ayn Rand revered the ideal man, so the ancient Alexandrians honored their ideals in statues of Zeus.

Chorus of Sculptors No. 13

Not blunt with tools, exact proficiency
We bring to marble, finding curvature
No facile course. Palatial artistry,
Not falling in plethoric faults, demure

Dimension should maintain. Our rightful craft
Restrains delineation from the real
Defects of nature. Semblances aloft,
That seem Olympian, bearing the ideal

In blocks of idols, only pertinent
To wholeness should appear. The loftiness
Ensculpted in his face may represent
No frailty, man’s or god’s, but should impress

The kingship of exemplars masculine
Upon Egyptians, who’d to Zeus be kin.

Chorus of Sculptors No. 14

In strenuous subtleties detractive tools
We’ve wielded and defectless trimming can
Maintain. Our guild, proficient in the rules
Of breaking rock, in practice Pheidian

Would prove. From many chips one shape we’d make,
Immured to fashion Zeus’s facial set.
Whole pounds of marble parings we should break
Away, this block reducing till we get

The god. Memorial shapeliness, pursued
In marble, must subtract superfluous dust.
The right distinctions of his face, not rude
In feature, render fatherhood august.

We chisel slabs to shape Olympians, none
Blunted by linear edges in the stone.

Libertarian Shakespeare

Posted: February 12, 2011 by 7efellight in Poetry, Uncategorized

Plutarchic Shakespeare No. 7

Plutarch, of liberal instance, coming forth
In prose, historically reconciled
With fate, persuaded Shakespeare that more worth
Brief freedom has alive and undefiled

Than longevous disgrace enslaved. One must
Consider in accord with courage what
To do, by daily judgment deeming just
Those deeds that quicken liberty. So thought

The poet when Marcus Brutus he perused,
Not from the manly tenor of that book
Withdrawing. Civic wisdom was infused
Into his spine, which would not lightly crook

Upon consensus. Forcibly erect,
No slavish bent he’d suffer in defect.

Couplets on John Paulson

Posted: January 29, 2011 by 7efellight in Epigrams, Poetry, Uncategorized

In 2010 John Paulson surpassed his personal winnings of 2007, which were 4 billion dollars. Last year Mr. Paulson made 5 billion, one fifth of which came from 20 percent commissions, an amount charged by all hedge funds. He profited from gold, banks and oil.
1
The soundest market of probation flows
With Paulson’s capital where profit grows.

2
Actions of preference should never lack
Probation, in discountenance not slack.

3
John Paulson, chanciest in pursuit of choice
Resources, sees the fraud where men rejoice.

4
A probatory comprehender must
In constant shift of judgment put his trust.

5
Paulson, an oracle of timeliness,
Knew overvalued prices evanesce.

6
In timeliest hesitation vultures sit
Above the market as more firms unknit.

7
Paulson tenacious timeliness maintained
Who saw that mortgages were overstrained.

8
In tardy concord with judicious time,
The overpriced obtains as buyers chime.

9
The timeliest consonance with fortune could
John Paulson comprehend in likelihood.

10
In better timeliness betimes come forth
To prove among competitors your worth.

Learning on Stage

Posted: January 9, 2011 by 7efellight in Uncategorized

This is the first sonnet from Volume Two of Shakespeare Undiminished, which in all three volumes amounts to 900 sonnets. They will soon be offered on Amazon.

He waxed in practice for the work of plays,
Learning on stage the lore of mastery.
His playhouse offices, which won him praise,
Inured him to sonorous language, free

From prose. This actor, conning tragedies,
Long acts extended in his memory.
Distinguished by pentameter, with ease
The parts impressed on him their fluency.

Marlovian syllables in metre, those
For loud recital, vocally enlarged
His heart. He learned that semblant drama flows
In haste, oft memorably prescriptive, charged

With prompts. On the broad stage his vehemence
For words was far from donnish diffidence.

Anne Shakespeare Against Actors

Posted: January 5, 2011 by 7efellight in Poetry

Of actors the embodied apishness
His wife abhorred with biblical disdain.
Unmanly, simian gestures, mannerless
Delirium seeming, meant she would remain

Aloof. Her precepts, arrant in reproach
Against their histrionic brabblement
On stage, with repetition would encroach
On his resolve, to hers incongruent.

She prayed her husband plays eschew and mend
The shop where gloves were shaped. Her Puritan
Derision of his poetry soon would send
Him forth, who deemed his wife avernal, Anne

The fiend, of heinous prayers, intent to damn
His expectations, nagging ad nauseam.