Sonnets Of The Blood IV

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The times have changed. Why do you make a fuss
For privilege when there's no law of form?
Who of our kin was pusillanimous,
A fine bull galloping into a storm?
Why, none; unless you count it arrogance
To cultivate humility in pride,
To look but casually and half-askance
On boots and spurs that went a devil's ride.
There was, remember, a Virginian
Who took himself to be brute nature's law,
Cared little what men thought him, a tall man
Who meditated calmly what he saw
Until he freed his Negroes, lest he be
Too strict with nature and than they less free.

© Allen Tate