Robert J. Maguiness

He was the Emerald Isle
The oracle of Delphi
He was the Guillotine’s keen smile
His voice was a classroom
His lessons a library
He was the cane, the inkwell, and the duster

His pride was a thousand medals
He was the starch in the sheets
The goat on the bridge
And the troll underneath
He too was the sand in the hourglass

He was the broken needle on a Gramophone
The cracked reed in a flute
His body was an Oklahoma twister
His language an unproved theory
His mind a waterfall
His heart an unproofed manuscript

Though his farewell was Churchill’s speech
And at the last he was raging light
Ascending toward Heaven

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