One More Myth

….
Pass away,
Pass away –
Into Oblivion.

So much for us
And a Great Macho Nation.

~
Two boys of eighteen,
one some months older,
so close in their ages
they could have been brothers,

but for the customs
of a great nation
(still great – not late;
like those, which came prior.)

They would have been brothers,
for that which lies under
the Western Traditions
of all the Great Nations.

This, we inherit
from Greek, though unwritten;
where man lands on top –
Male Domination.

For laddies and lasses
there was separation.
A nubile young lass
could reach maturation,
only in marriage
by male penetration.

For lads, much the same thing,
through war with a wound –
Brave battle bringing
their male maturation.

This, we inherit
through Western Tradition.

“It breaks out the full man,
leaves off the young.”

So said an uncle once,
from his convictions.

~
One lad will follow,
the other, abandon:
One went with custom;
the other, by reason.

Each felt the pressures
of intimidation,
and both shall be measured
by standard conventions.

But, Woe! to the winners
and losers alike –
The choices they make
stays with them for life.

If either be right,
or both turn out wrong,
how should we judge them –
By short life or long?

With thus, we write legends
of great things and strong –
Window fenestrations,
of deeds sung in song.

A myth still lives in us,
it moves in among
a nation’s traditions,
fraught within norms.

Such be the myths
of war-worship nations,
and rituals they make
to full maturation.

Just one more myth
that fits in tradition:
Who from among us
can pick fact from fiction?

Such be to wars
and great macho nations –
To fabricate truths
by prevarications.

It’s just one more myth
they share altogether;
where once there were lads,
there should have been brothers.
~

©2014, Marvin Welborn
3 August 2014.

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