They counseled on the importance of reason
the need to be aware of the fatal possibilities
particularly pertinent to lives spent inciting dissent
Socrates was inclined to ask questions
men did not want to answer, he was as a gadfly
to the thoroughbred of Athens
and when his followers gave way to grief by
his deathbed with the cup held aloft, he mocked them
‘What a way to behave, my strange friends!’
Three hundred years later Seneca cautioned against hope
the loss thereof being so disturbing to peace of mind
What then sustained him through three attempts to die?
What is not trouble when it arrives, is an idle worry in anticipation said the pleasure God Epicurus
of all of them, he faced no death sentence
but lay idle, glutted on thought, friends and freedom.