Napoleon Said
by Ralph Monday



“Imagination rules the
world.”

He was right, of course, in unimaginable
ways.

Never mind the French Revolution terrors or
Napoleonic Wars.

Nor the acres & acres of graves at
Normandy.

Or Ulysses strapping himself to the mast so that
he might hear luring song.

That the moon, sun & stars are studded to a
metallic firmament.

We carry imagination’s
curse.

In that we fancy nobility as a fawning
lie.

Democracy no better for it produces the
ignorant mob.

Reason’s embrace is no anodyne for
social infection.

There is no such thing as a true
war story.

Just garbled myth regurgitated
one story at a time.






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