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How We Heard the Name

 The river brought down
dead horses, dead men
and military debris,
indicative of war
or official acts upstream,
but it went by, it all
goes by, that is the thing
about the river.
Then a soldier on a log went by.
He seemed drunk and we asked him Why had he and this junk come down to us so from the past upstream.
''Friends,'' he said, ''the great Battle of Granicus has just been won by all of the Greeks except the Lacedaemonians and myself: this is a joke between me and a man named Alexander, whom all of you ba-bas will hear of as a god.

by Alan Dugan
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