Later History of the Alphabeticals

By | 15 May 2023

Herodes’ son couldn’t learn his alphabet
so the easiest thing was to buy
twenty-four boys his age and rename
each one after a letter. Their story
ends there, as children bought to form
an alphabet chart. Maybe some saved money,
bought their freedom. Zeta became
a wealthy freedman in the imperial bureaucracy.
Or they held reunions, called themselves
the Alphabeticals, lost touch with some
(no trace of Upsilon for years) then aged
and died off: Epsilon too young,
and finally only Mu to remember.

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