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Themistocles | A Poem by JD DeHart

My love, she studies
for a grand humanities
exam. I’m quizzing her
and for each answer she’s
not sure about, she says,
“Themistocles.”

We have a brief debate
about whether Themistocles
was a real person or just
a name she’s making up.
Turns out, like with most
topics, she’s in the right.

Now I wonder if, somewhere
out there, sons are still named
Themistocles. Is there a
Themistocles being born right
now, in another distant land?


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