A Palimpsest


The Lessons:
duty before desire,
the self 

consigned to the rear
of every undertaking,
except in service to others. 

Follow me, said the mayor. 
Follow me, said the governor.
Follow me, said the congressman.

Histories of compliance
turn memory into amnesia
or repetition. 

Dictators thrive:
no one remembers 
when or how. 

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