Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thomas Edward Lawrence

Thomas Edward Lawrence
(photo by Lowell Thomas, 1919)

Thomas Edward Lawrence

Speed is everything... is essence.
Too fast... disintegration.
Too slow... teacher with a seating chart.

Colonel Lawrence, dressed
in Sunday attire, khaki pants,
half-buttoned, grease-splotched
white shirt, is tinkering
with a Brough Superior Motorcycle.

Funny thing about death,
one's numerous works are gnats...
there to be swatted left or right.
And the kingdoms I made
for my Arab friends... sweet
water wells fraternally poisoned
or filled with history's sand.

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