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Monday, December 29, 2008

 
With Talent On Loan From Percy Bysshe Shelley

In yesterday's Day By Day, Obama addresses himself as "Obameses," a direct reference to the Pharaoh Rameses - who in literary circles is known by a different name. So without any further ado...

I met a traveller on the I-70 interchange
Who said: "Two vast pillars of artificial stone
Stand outside Denver. Within short range,
Half torn, battered posters lie. The glow
And lofty expression of hope for change
Tell that their printer well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on those lifeless things,
The State that mocked and campaign promises fed.
And in the caption these words appear:
'I am Obamandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye Republicans, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that abandoned stage prop, boundless and bare,
The snow-capped Rockies stretch far away."

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