The man who drank the hemlock?

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The man who drank the hemlock?

Socrates sentenced to die by drinking poison hemlock
death determined deep destiny than fleeing like a mock
victim of bigotry and brutality martyred for civil liberties
sword or board, power or pain but with dignity & brevity

Death determines run of paradoxes orthodox rationalism
reason and scepticism, both individualism and vulturism
man spoke truth to power, fearless and flawless bigness
championed the era that virtue is intrinsic to happiness

Socrates as a reminder that the majority is not always right
truth matters minds more than favoured & buttering fight
life of the mind can be playful, yet not frivolous but power
hemlock a symbol, his identifying mark stands tall tower
Death cannot foresee the day, the hour when we will die
It’s something sudden swift call no time to listen an oldie
Socrates, by contrast, died in complete control, sessile
his death fitted perfect reflection mirrored with aisle.

Fr Joachim D’Souza, Capuchin

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