An Ode to Kent Hance

Who is this Kent Hance of whom I speak? He is the former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, a former congressman from West Texas, and the man who destroyed Texas Tech football when he fired the legendary Mike Leach in December 2009. Herewith, my poem (with apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley):


I met a traveller from Raiderland
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of jello
Stand on the South Plains. Near them, on the turf,
Half sunk at the Jones, a shattered visage lies, whose vacant stare,
And wrinkled lip, and smirk of cold incompetence,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on the lifeless gridiron,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Hanceymandias, chancellor of chancellors:
Look on my works, ye Techsans, and despair!’
Nothing of football remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, guns no longer up
The lone and level prairie stretches far away.


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