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, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 144–144 | Cite as

Much Heaviness

  • Donald M. HasslerEmail author
POETRY
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Tantae molis erat Romanem condere gentem

With luck our dreams in time picture all

The heroes who have shaped our lives. My Dad,

The women who stand with the men, political

Pioneers who rally us. And I am glad

For all these mentors. None was taller though

Than my brother Bobby, fallen now

Like the giant oak in Vergil. Just so

He marches us still in drill somehow.

My poem sounds pretty Oedipal, and yet

I need to map it carefully with no regret.

Our lives conform to stories we are given.

My favorite ornery fabulist leaves time for heaven.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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