Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Brandon Marlon

Tyros renounce common pathways,

eager to secure a niche in the temple 

of the immortalized.

Day and night they cry

and resort to sortilege, 

charting a course 

toward fame and eternal life.

Basking in the éclat

of distinction and eminence,

these soon come to believe 

in the certainty of their own ichor,

in the predestination of 

and entitlement to

recently satisfied claims.

Heroic rhetoric persuades

speakers’ ears 

long after the unruly rabble

has stopped listening

and abandoned the central square 

in desperate search of public 

lavatories open for the season.

How disagreeable, when some

aspirers discover themselves 

more herald than hero;

when they realize the chance 

to enlist sympathy

and garner the acclaim of 

witless lackeys has gone underground.

Epic life, rife with reversive fortunes

wholly unforeseen and detested,

prompts introspection

and the bitter grief hubris

readily occasions, till time softens despair 

and urges sincere atonement,

a foretoken of ultimate redemption.

Published By: Thought Collection Publishing


Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. (Hon.) in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry has been published in Canada, the U.S., Israel, England, and India in various print and online publications including The Canadian Jewish News, Streeteaters, Poetica, Yalla Journal, Jewish Tribune, The Bulletin, The Victoriad, The Trinity Review, UC Review, The Deronda Review, Emunah Magazine, Voices Israel, birthrightisrael.com, Israel National News, Bywords, The Steel Chisel, Lantern Magazine, U of T Magazine, Swept Media, Calliope, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Bangalore Review, The London Magazine, One Throne Magazine, Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Verse-Virtual, and Thought Notebook, as well as being recorded on Israel National Radio. He has previously released two poetry volumes, Inspirations of Israel: Poetry for a Land and People (Xlibris 2008) and Judean Dreams(Bayeux Arts 2009). www.brandonmarlon.com


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