Wayfaring Patriot

O liberty, come to me

As delphic as alchemy

Perilous as harlequin’s grin

Prodigal as Apollo’s sun

A wayfaring patriot effectuate to none

A wraith adorned in valor’s thorns

As steeds flourish in victory’s wreath

Phantom, sweet phantom

Pain me, again and again

Let me drink of thee

If not for finality

Let thy venom weep

If not for agony

O vanity, speak to me

Doth the hyperbole of peacocks

Quell the quaint cravings of loons?

Doth the swooning of swine

Merit thy meager inheritance of time?

Are Grecian urns merely the charity

Of impermanent verse?

If it so pleases thee

Seducing the angels of flesh

With the rhetoric of heresy

Then leave me not bereft

Inconsolable as the delusions

Of sleep deprived devils

Condemn thy regiment of conceit

To the gallows of memory

Where the night is long

And I might sleep

In the taste of thee

Nary a murmur of deceit

O latency, sing to me

In a key

Of unwavering confederacy

A rhapsody of Neitzche’s abyss

Let us consummate our insurgency

In absence of melody or bliss

Ever transient with avarice

Yet irrefutable to lips

As words to constitutions

Let us defile the universe

With wild impunity

O enemy, devour me

As libertines brandish grandeur

In spite of swords

As sycophants cast stones

In spite of prosody

If thy desire be

To coax the Ides of March

Inside of me

Then honor thy petulant delinquency

But do so on thy knees

O clemency, beg of me

Alms for the resurrection

Of thy destitute heart

Orisons for the desire requisite

To satisfy a Queen

Of her own color

An adversary unwisely made

By knaves who mutter

Of unrepentant hubris

Mired in fetterless gall

Mercurial as the warble

Of the dying nightingale

O chemistry, bring to me

The lust of a familiar lunacy

A dishonor so desired

A corruption so sweet

a. duncan, 2019




Featured artwork:

“Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) in the Uniform of the New York Artillery”
by Alonzo Chappel

“Alexander Hamilton – Father America”
by Moabit Saga

Featured song:

NUAGE – Late Dream

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

12 thoughts on “Wayfaring Patriot

  1. Beautiful tripping rhymes coupled with your warm sultry voice – another masterpiece, Vixen! Like honey and velvet, or slipping on a cosy dressing gown on a cold winter’s night. Love the flowing alliteration in each punchy line & a beautiful tribute to a revolutionary hero!

    There’s so many hidden meanings that you pack into such vivid prose, especially ‘As libertines brandish grandeur / in spite of swords’ or ‘Mercurial as the warble / Of the dying nightingale’. I’m continually astonished at the range and variety of your marvellous poetry. Glad you’re feeling better! ❤

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    1. Tom this feedback has me feeling dizzy! I so adore your analogies here. Velvet and honey! If my effort instilled that feeling for you – then I am truly honored. Thank you beyond words.

      Even more so – its amazing how you picked up on so many little clues and nuances in this piece. You are becoming a dear friend and it pleases me to see that you recognize when I am painting in coded metaphor. Both lines you mention have special meanings – so your highlighting them is just…. perfect.

      Alexander Hamilton is the surface symbol of this poem. He was a fascinating gent (far more than most people realize!) and surely one of America’s greatest patriots and philosophers. I chose him in part because of this, but also because the painting by Chappel depicts him so regally on a battle field – so handsome and highly decorated but slightly … impatient? Secretly arrogant? Or defiant, perhaps? That portrait sort of encapsulated the kind of man, the phantom, I am speaking to. Devastatingly perfect and imperfect in the same moment.

      The nightingale line references “The Nightingale and the Rose” a short story by none other than Oscar Wilde. It’s a somber little fairytale about love, sacrifice, narcissism, and gratitude. It’s a fascinating, beautiful read if you have a chance.


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      1. That’s such a classic story to pay tribute to! I was wondering if you were referring to it – haven’t read it for a few months, so it was great to revisit such a timeless gutwrenching story!

        I’ve only recently been aware of Hamilton from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical [he’s perfect in HBO/BBC’s ongoing His Dark Materials series 🙂 ] Could one hidden analogy be that of Hamilton’s own sacrifices, as mirrored by the nightingale – slandered and shunned by the society which he fought so hard to defend and uphold?

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      2. I wondered if anyone would ask if any of this related to the very famed musical by Miranda. I have actually never seen it and have no idea what the play is about – other than its historical and musically rich. So perhaps my ideas and opinions of Hamilton from studying history parallels with his character as portrayed on the stage? I can’t be sure since as I never intend to see it. I’m sure it’s brilliant but I come from a theatre background and so many of my friends went absolutely gaga over the play… it made it less appealing to me if that makes sense?

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      3. You’re honestly not missing much 😀 Yeah, it’s good on its own but since a lot of my friends were very gushing about it kinda put me off seeing it too, haha.
        Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead, Vixen! 😀 ❤ Waiting with bated breath for your next wonderful piece.

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      4. Lol I love you Tom this made me laugh. I’m glad we are both sorta like ummm I mean that sounds good but can you calm down..??? Hahaha ♥️ Happy weekend ahead to you too! I can’t wait for Rustys return!

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