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Asseveration



What does it change if we learn
Prometheus could get up, strangle the eagle,
and walk away at any time?
Sisyphus could drop the rock and go home.
Atlas could toss the world into space and do something else.
And maybe they have, times beyond counting?
And maybe they will again, when they tire
of the novelty of compulsion, of submission.
What if Jekyll chose Hyde,
Bruce Banner chose the Hulk,
Christ chose the cross?
What changes if we're told the morals were tacked on post hoc,
to dull our sense of agency and condition us to expect enemies
working to compel us to suffering and redundancy?
We change, surely?

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.