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The Conglomerate Kings

Five thousand years of empirical rule
That rose and fell from a common pool
The Akkadians, Hittites, Chaldeans, the Egyptians
The Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, the Persians
The Greeks, Romans, the Seljuqs, the Mongols…
Each pillar it stands, hands over and topples
Each entrant with scores of conquests and loss
Attila, Xerxes, and Genghis- the boss
Tamerlane… stout Cortés on a hill
Pizarro and his room with gold filled to gill
William at Hastings, Harold blinded by arrow
Bonaparte frozen in ice frigid Moscow
There were last ditch stands… all the lost causes
Charge of the Light Brigade… not very cautious
Pickett's Charge, Little Big Horn, Dien Bien Phu
Great battles of Vienna, Leipzig, Waterloo
Stalingrad, Huaihai, Cajamarca, Antietam
Alexander conquered the world… just 'cause he can
Hannibal crossed the Alps, Caesar crossed the Rubicon
Lord Byron swam 'cross thy stream' Hellespont
Cleopatra and Antony - the lovers to hate
Potemkin and czarina- Catherine the Great
Helen of Troy and the envious Paris
Prince Edward the eighth and that Wallis the duchess
Great geniuses, too, as Da Vinci and his model
Euclid, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Aristotle
Galileo, Aquinas, Pauling, Wittgenstein
Descartes, Plato, John Locke and Einstein
The empires of now no longer rule states
No power by scepter nor stone walls with gates
The corporate ruling class in conglomerate mass
Own and control the world's leading top brass

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Edgar Allan Poe

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An interesting and clever write