There is no proof that William Carlos Williams time traveled
back to 399 BC to ease Socrates’ painful death from hemlock

but when amateur archaeologists found a poem in an urn in
1996 under the Old Lyceum in Athens it was signed simply “S”.

The poem was written in Greek & formatted differently than
the classic style of poetry written by the poets from that time.

“So much depends
on the wheelbarrow

of your mind glazed
with the rainwaters

of your life examined
to know yourself.”

The Greek scholars point out that Socrates did not write
his thoughts or his teachings as those were recorded by his

students but they politely agree that the kind American
Doctor would not have violated the patient’s confidentiality.

Selected byNolcha Fox
Image credit:Zulfa Nazer

I have one book of poetry published in Tucson by Moon Pony Press in 2009 titled, The Certainty of Looking Elsewhere. My poetry has been published in numerous small presses including: Dark Horse, Gargoyle, 6ix, Tor House Newsletter, The Moth & Zocalo Magazine.