Capacity

They are all born with it,
capacity for greatness,
different greatness in different times,
an Einstein in the stone age –
mauled by a mammoth,
an Attila born today –
writing tickets for poor parking;
Joan of Arc is locked in asylum and
a fresh-faced Mansa Musa defaults on a mortgage –
and how many arts are left to discover,
how many grand-masters walk the streets of Ohio
with a secret art locked within,
who will never learn the name
of the worlds they’d finally conquer?

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