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Alien Anecdotes: On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness

Every now and then, a short poem will stand up on it’s pedestal and say great things. Arthur Guitarman’s “On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness” does just that as it (the poem), in four brief couplets, speaks volumes of the irony behind some our grandest allusions of ourself and the seemingly paramount events the we would swear are the hinge on which the earth spins.
Perhaps it is a bit of a meloncholy idea to think of oneself as “just another spoke on a wheel”, as so delicately put by Pacino’s character, Lefty Buggiario, in Donnie Brasco.

On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness

The tusks which clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.

The sword of Charlemagne the Just
Is Ferric Oxide, known as rust.

The grizzly bear, whose potent hug,
Was feared by all, is now a rug.

Great Caesar’s bust is on the shelf,
And I don’t feel so well myself.

– Arthur Guitarman

(On a lighter note, what a cool Psuedonym.)

As always, comments, questions, and disagreements are apreciated.

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