Epigram On American Indifference To Poetry

In Wales, it is part of the national life.

In Russia, it suffered in political strife.

In America, somewhere in the middle,

poetry is not hated,

and not appreciated;

and that is the heinous riddle.

Rome may burn, and Nero fiddle:

as the commercial gods of dollar idollatry

have deemed an undignified destiny

for any sort of poetry:

it may only exist on the periphery.





Author's Notes/Comments: 

The phrase "dollar idollatry" is not a typo (for once).  It was respelled to emphasize that our nation's chief idol (to the shame of even the most superificial Christian) is the dollar.

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