To Stand Alone

AMANDA SABALA

Argus 2012

Where do you fall Othello?
At the Gulf War?
Perhaps at the Holocaust
on your knees with Mein Führer?
What of Cassio then?

Hear my lesson, trippingly
on my tongue:
Learn.

Go out and learn
why a Cassio is Cassio
and why you listened
to worsted war words Iago squawked.
For if you don’t, new Othello,
more than just Desdemona
will fall to frightened fists.

Poor reasons are not
for war-tides. Trip no more
in Bosnia or over Russian Unions.
My advice, true Othello, to prevent–
no. Demand only what you can hold.
I speak no more.

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