The great Zen ambassador
Championed Japan’s descent into World War 2.
Martin Heidegger and Ezra Pounds Nazi/Fascist turn(s).
Those big intellects
Those misshapen ideas.
Why do otherwise wise men,
Support terrible causes?
Ask the statesmen, who will remove the mountain top
In the name of a small profit, and biding time.
Heidegger, who could explain the innate nature of language itself
With stunning lucidity
But saw more career stability
Under the Nazi regime.
The esteemed graying actor, drunk on his millions
With a cheap whore and a mound of cocaine
In some godless hotel room,
Or old Ezra Pound, rotting away in St. Elizabeth’s asylum
In the room without a window,
As his guard would later say,
“ an intellectual crackpot, thinking he could cure the world’s ills”.