Savage Delights of the Silver Screen

(Who will try the founding fathers?)

What did they
hold
to be self-evident?
What did Griffith
have to tell,
All we learned
from Mitchell well.
Jefferson
Madison
Calhoun
seed
Washington
Hamilton
Adams
weed
West of Eden
littered
the garden
heathen
and fruit
bitter
hanging
from every
tree
Pursued
for happiness
depraved,
deprived
of their life
and liberty
for a nation’s
birth
where humans
are property
and property
comes
first.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..