The Ides of March Journal
August 15, 1971:
Gold dollars are good,
but paper dollars to gold?
Now a no-can-do.
Featured in this issue, culled from six possibilities:
---"Almost a King"
one of legend,
Big Foot and his band,
forced to walk to their deaths,
in the freezing cold,
sacrificed to the paranoia of the whites,
the majority murdered,
while others left to freeze,
dying slowly in the falling snow,
blanketing their bodies,
covering the white men's shame.
the most feared
Teach; dark-hair leer
a smug death-face
aboard the wooden grace
of Queen Anne's Revenge;
but once removed, a skully portend
high-flung, pole-plunked. All would see
that decapitated pirate gazing out to sea!
"Almost a King"
Almost a king--
had he the mind for it,
the Continental Army would have leapt
from his wooden teeth, would have placed
the riches of the New World at his feet.
But he'd no mind for kingship--no,
barely one for men-marshalling.
General Washington--King Washington?
One was almost
as the other.