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"Old King Priam atop the Wall"

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Atop the wall
     away from the sadness of the city,
Old King Priam of Troy
     and wonders
         how long can a broken heart
         keep beating?

As a young prince,
as a survivor of war,
     he lost his brothers
         to the invaders,
         to the company of Heracles.
     And so he became a king.
     And so he rebuilt the walls,
         one block at a time,
         with the help of the gods
         to keep the Achaeans out.
     And so he rebuilt his family,
         one child at a time,
              with his wives,
              with his mistresses,
              with his concubines,
         fifty children,
              and their wives and husbands,
              and grandchildren at play,
         kept safe within the walls,
     forever protected from harm,
all to keep King Priam
from ever feeling alone again.

The wall remains intact,
     in the tenth year of the siege,
but offers Priam  
     no protection from sadness
          for sons and grandsons
          lost on the Troad plain.

Atop the wall,
     Priam's heart
          hollow and empty.


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