Sokrates’ Backyard, Athens Suburb -IV
[Just before his public execution.]
[Sokrates:] ‘The Age changes -
Her development depends on Education.’
[Plato:] ‘But what of her condition?
This repeating — it breaks down arguments
Through simplest inquiry.
I’ve seen the child ruin Rhetoricals downtown.’
[Sokrates:] ‘Rhetoric is dying with the Polis
Per the dory across shield’s face.
Threatening - these new Spartan masters regard
Not Rationale — but Winning.
The students will not abide.
How can I teach that what’s fought and not what floats -
Submerging your opponent..’
[Plato:] ‘So the girl is damned.’
[Sokrates:] ‘Your compassion to take in the child
From that reprehensible Mt. Teygetus exposure death rite
Is commendable…but now to integrate her
Into a Polis while it metamorphosizes
Into the very Spartan eugenics that rejected her...’
[Plato, interrupts:] ‘Perhaps derivative, but language.
Her accent is perfect
Could she teach Alexander
To lose that ugly Macedonian drawl?
The other kids taunt him.
They already have an affinity for each other.
He’s to become king.’
[Alexander, 6:] ‘COH-COH-WAI-YAH.’
[Aristotle, 3 and a half:] ‘COO-COO-VAI-YAH?’
UW Madison Physics for Poets Course, Professor Woodley XX
‘Let me describe a phenomenon our motorcyclists
Know of instinctually, but it’s hard to describe -
Counter Steering: Turning the wheel left to go right.’