Bribing The Devil

Leaving nothing to his children but cowardly shame,

his back turned toward the light

 

His memory the captor of a traitorous scheme,

capitulating through the fight

 

His legacy broken, his endowment recalled,

his reputation scorched and burned

 

Offering to the Devil his original sin

—with redemption twice suborned

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2020)

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