would i dare to ask?

the best of the Greeks would rather die in freedom than live in servitude; and the Persians should have taken warning from this.

A. C. Grayling, The Good Book

what does it mean to be a free man?
what does it take? would i dare to ask
the lycians who set fire to the citadel
with their wives and children inside
and ten launched a suicide attack
on harpagus and his army?
and would i rather be one of them
or be among the eighty families
then absent from the city who later
returned to revive xanthos?

and if i keep asking these questions,
will i never have to answer them?

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