Resten Swondo

Ode To The Republic - Poem by Resten Swondo

Julian ghosts wander perplexed in the forum; -
The dead statues of a pharonic general
Honoring a conquering god are forever gone.
The crumbling ruins foretell no golden age.
The shade of Pompey grins, his marble gone,
His place in history eternalized by war,
Not by the republican ideal made real.

Tarquin tyrants over ages reach a quorum,
Staging mock versions of Athenes’ funeral
While claiming that for a polis strong
History must be o’er filled with their lineage,
And each son sings the rage Marian legions shone
In armored dreams, fealty they forever swore
To a death-bringing patrician idyll.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 11, 2010

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