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.
The Reverend Hellfire is