Anthony W. Pahl

REALITY… A HISTORY

Today, Hannibal crossed the Alps!
I saw the elephants!
They trumpeted
in time with the drums of war
and the blast felled me to my knees…

Hands covering ears
and smoke blinding eyes,
I wept the acrid tears
of remorse and helplessness.

Useless now…
weary and heartsore,
this proud and dignified warrior
is now merely
old…
… forgetful

forgotten…

Pride and dignity
an uncertain memory.