The Great


How do Historians decide

which Leaders get to be called “Great”?

Yes how to measure Greatness,

how to calibrate,

which Achievements have the Gravitas

to be given such Weight?

Do they weigh the tonnes of Gold they’ve stolen

or ‘tick off ‘ the Towns in total taken,

or is it just the count of Non-Combatants killed?

Perhaps it’s a question of Volume

and the quarts of Blood that’s spilled.

(which mixed with Mud

makes up the Ink

to write the Lies with which

the pages of old History’s filled).


Still, how dull the Past without

the antics of the Great,

towering like techni-colour Giants

above the Black & White Second-Rate.

Their Appetites are huge, we watch in Awe

as they devour whole countries

for a snack,

and even their most fickle Whims

move men and muster armies for attack.

And after Their Tragic Fall they change

the very Land itself, leaving like Gods

named after them

rivers, towns and mountains.

And only then do the Whispers start

that the Great Man was Insane.

Oh Pray, my friends,

yes Pray we do not

see their like again.


Pompey the Great. Marble. Beginning of the 1st century A.D. Inv. No. 733. Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek.







The Reverend Hellfire is

etc etc..



~ by reverendhellfire on February 19, 2017.

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