There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' Isaac Asimov

Inimicus Dei Constituitur

I have trod these cobbles before,
these Alexandrian dreams


where there are messages
writ in the heavens
and the Intelligences
of the planets dance,
where I walk
with Powers and Principalities.
In former times,
when the stars have grown strange
and Antinous the only asterism
I could find in the sky,
have I turned away
in search of familiar streets;
but I must not fear --
I will lay a wreathe
at the mausoleum in Hephaestion's name
and say a prayer on the steps
of the library for murdered Hypatia.
I will not yield,
nor turn away, until
I know these streets
as if they were home.