After The Horse Has Bolted

Hot through Troy's ruin Menalaus strode, to sate on that adulterous whore a ten year hate and a prince's honour. Was it really worth it in the end?

The city lay flattened and churned
The heroes weary homeward turned
Hunger sated victory earned
Priam's palace sacked and burned

That's where they washed the spears
That's where they fought for ten long years

But the cat has run away with the cream
Left their king with a half spent queen
So all is not as well as it seems
As they act the great reunion scene

But that's how it has to be
That's what the men expect to see

Not Helen stony-faced
Forced to confront her dark disgrace
Limp in her husband's bleak embrace
She said revenge is sweet enjoy the taste

If that's what you wantIs that why you came
You made your bed now you'd better make it over again

Said Menelaus adressing the sea
Did all the cream of our mythology
Cross the world to restore to me
The biggest whore in the Pelopenese

Is that why we lit the fuse
Is that what we fought so hard to do

I was visited she replied
Stung by a devil that itched inside
That split me open and forced me wide

And he was far far richer than you
Hung like a centaur handsome too

And I'd never wanted anything more
I never had it better than this before
I never asked for war
I really didn't think it would matter at all

Because that's what people do
And that's why I half assumed
You'd do it to me so I might as well do it to you

It's celebrated in popular verse
How Helen went from bad to worse
Actors soldiers and athlete's cursed
The gorgon's head beneath her skirts

But that's what people said
It's got teeth and fangs and serpent's heads

And classical history states
That she lived on down from age to age
Star of record screen and stage
For the public's pleasure and the public's rage

Because that's what people want
That's what people need
As only a fool would refuse to accept or believe

Only a fool like me

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