Sam Silva

The Romantics
 
Greig in the wild woods!
Beethoven's city of God
hailing that same
historical nature!
 
Byron and Shelly sang as well
among the herald hopes
of natural man
 
...these things
were such a beautiful lie.
 
Hawthorne's noble savage
does not reflect
nor give credit to the depth
of those dark races
oppressed and put upon
 
...scourged like animals for work
or simply annihilated!
And blood thirsty pillage
for commercial lusts
and wealthy tastes
for which the dilettantes who celebrated
the common man
in agricultural communion
 
tilted pen and lectern in high ideal
while the empire subjects were utterly degraded
and workers filled factories
with their brown lung
and potato diets.
 
What we learned in this original birth of liberalism
was a wonderful way to tell a lie
to ourselves
and not just to others....

Sam Silva © 2012