They shouted and they clapped
and for the photographers
he gave a big smile.
But even though they played that up in the pictures
I still find it hard to understand
why they supported him.
What had he done for them
except get their sons and their brothers
killed in Iraq?
It must have been sort of the same
with Pericles, in Athens, at the start
of the Peloponnesian War.
Except that he probably wrote his own speeches.
And had a lot of charisma.
So they went to war
and that was the end of their empire.
We shrug. What’s not to comprehend.
It is so easy to analyze from a distance.
I’d compare him to Hitler too.
Though I don’t think he was really evil.
Only just as stupid.
But it will, in any case, have the same result