20th Century Greek

Freud picks up Oedipus;
Camus shoulders Sisyphus;
while James Joyce and Cream
brave — eye, Yes! — Ulysses.

Democracy becomes popular
in the popular mind;
it’s kind of Platonic.
For elites, Democracy’s
a fleece, free and easy;
everyone feels good about it,
coin of the Realm.
Kumquats are in season.
“Kumquat, what?”
Eye — the Realm!

Early in century 21,
Spike Lee-sistrata speaks
blackjack from Chi-raq:
“Cyclops, cyclops:
You need another Eye!”

Todd Smith lives, writes, and observes the Brave New World Order in St. Louis. He can be reached at bartlebydick@yahoo.com. Read other articles by Todd.