Revolution or Death 

Revolution or Death 

Apropos Atropos
Who, with her sisters,
Determined existence
According to myth
Even Zeus was constrained
By Atropos, Clotho,
and Lachesis —
Pegasus, Eddie Pus,
All of us, they say
By the Fates,
You know…

Though the Romans called her
Morta — Death —
Atropos means the negation of Tropos

No turning — so, no revolution
id est:
Revolution or death

As we’ve known all along
As Siberia melts
And the Amazon burns —
And the world doesn’t turn
So much as it’s thrown

Though, as history’s shown,
So often,
it does

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber