51.

Courage drags Statecraft
for not having the balls
to say it to your face.

Diplomacy has sunk so deep
into the bottle that,
were he a fly,

there would be no escape –
instead he circles the interior
on purpose, living on fumes.

Bureaucracy, ever the stodgy
hedgehog, plays the long game
with History in the corner.

They await you, Donny, though
you may not be able to pick out
their faces among the friezes
on the walls. You mistake them,
perhaps, for your father, staring
from your peripheral vision.
Tutting.

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