I love the use of Merlin... particularly when you said "pointed with chin." It's that kind of thing that you do while you read it, ya know? Like when you're reading a book and it said "she half-coughed, half-laughed" and you stop and do it yourself before you go on... hope I'm not the only one... heh.
The end is a bit of a twist, which I appreciate. I was wondering where the poem was headed and then you used it as an extended comparison with a briefly mentioned subject.
Very nice, Ron. I really like this poem.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.