the study
of philosophy or
social theory

does not make for
redemptive figures, or
great Romantic heroes;
this since Socrates,
whose student Alcibiades
turned traitor, fought
for Sparta
out of pique, or
on a whim

and then Althusser, whose
wife (sadly),
the recipient of ordinance
that does not flow
logically from his theory

Oh, Descartes, Voltaire
and Wittgenstein (we
will not even presume to
speak about Nietzsche)
how is it
the words are powerful, will
reshape, reconstitute, and
yet disconnect

like the train you
have built –seemingly
perfect for the moment in
how it handles the rails

leaving you
on the platform