Sans mythe, il n’est pas un homme

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Regale me with tales

of woe and glory,

of heroes at resplendent

feasts and maidens

kidnapped by Zeus-as-beast.

Leave out the unpleasant parts,

and avoid witches and dark arts.

In fact, just talk about the people.

None of the nonsense that couldn’t

possibly have happened.

…whatever do you mean

‘there’s nothing to tell?’

Surely Cadmus–surely Odin–surely Krsna

surely any of them could be discussed

without their fictitious acts!

I suppose you’re right.

Without Myth, there is no Man.

Editor’s Note: This is from Ian’s excellent Bilge Pump of a Turgid Mind.

Ian McLeod is an author and entrepreneur from the humid depths of Dixie. His books include the pop-satire DARWINVERSE series, and three books of poetry--BILGE PUMP OF A TURGID MIND, VALVE COVER GASKET OF THE ENGINE OF DESPAIR, and LAUNCH EVERYTHING; LET GOD SORT IT OUT

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