Someday a New Arthur

By Lawrence “Mack in Texas” Hall

“Chasing Chaucer and Beowulf out of the Curriculum”

Someday a new Merlin among the ruins
Will give a new Arthur a trove of hidden books:
Chaucer and Milton, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Keats
And maybe even long silent Malory

Someday a bold Arthur will command his scribes
To copy for the people the people’s words
Words long forbidden to them by narrow tyrants
Making words free to all, and letting in the sun 1

Someday a wise King Arthur will reign again
Within the greatest empire of all – the mind

1 Tennyson, “The Coming of Arthur,” line 60

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