Poems of the Week


by Alex Steelsmith

In 430 BC, Thucydides contracted and survived the Plague of Athens, which killed an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 people. According to Wikipedia, he “developed an understanding of human nature to explain behavior in such crises as plagues…” and “has been dubbed the father of ‘scientific history.’”

Wikidy sickedy
Father Thucydides
lived through, and wrote of, a
virus from hell,

though he was said to have
and, scholars tell us, no
hoard of Purell.