________ AN OCTOHEX ________
Overbearing, brimming with conceit,
Caustic, condescending, filled with bile,
This self-styled judge’s mammoth self-deceit
Overlooks the flaws that prove him vile.
Tirelessly spoiling for a fight,
Underrating, scorning those unlike
Rotten Reds whom he adores on sight.
Despicable as the predatory shrike,
‘Tis but his claim to erudition that saves his
Sour soul from condign persecution.
Smart Alecs of his ilk avoid close shaves, as
Others of his kind shirk retribution.
Unpleasant to a fault he lives to vex
Lavishly, –– so he has earned this hex.