from “Examination of the Hero in a Time of War” by Wallace Stevens


The Got whome we serve is able to deliver
Us. Good chemistry, good common man, what
Of that angelic sword? Creature of 
Ten times ten times dynamite, convulsive
Angel, convulsive shatterer, gun,
Click, click, the Got whom we serve is able,
Still, still to deliver us, still magic,
Still moving yet motionless in smoke, still
One with us, in the heaved-up noise, still 
Captain, the man of skill, the expert
Leader, the creator of bursting color
And rainbow sortilege, the savage weapon 
Against enemies, against the prester,
Presto, whose whispers prickle the spirit.