Some Caesars

~ Arcem facere e cloaca.

Some Caesars cannot conquer
so they steal behind a wall.
Some Caesars in all forums wail
“The unfairness of it all!”
Some Caesars praise God’s Justice
while they covet others’ wives
and pray corrupted pardons
will translate their afterlives.

All Caesars die. One, sometimes,
dies unworthy of the name:
and when that Caesar goes
the justice is he goes in shame.

6 replies on “Some Caesars”


And JCH used to call me a “Classicist.” LOL


Somebody’s brass balls melted. Cicero, Horace . . . there’s gotta be a good Latin translation for that somewhere.

Too bad he’s not Chinese and in China. Then he could profess to be Buddhist.

There . . . now you got me sinning. Matthew 7:1. But then I came to your fine poem a sinner already. Since you have the Latin going: Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

We swing into Spring on the upper half. My peace to you, fratri, and the denizens of the lower.


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Your philosophical poem is relevant and evocative. In politics and reality, I think
there is always collateral damage.

On another note, it is pure joy to see the two Marks exchanging banter and wisdom. It brightens this sunless day.


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When in doubt, bread and circuses; works every time. As far as I’m concerned the world stage is like a ruddy Punch and Judy show at the moment. I’m waiting for the moment when one of our great ‘leaders, will dress up as Punch and scream, ‘that’s the way to do it!’


A poem that is quite fitting for the times right now.
(And, of course, many times through the past ages.)

It is difficult for me to watch the evening news lately
without shaking my head or feeling a little blood come into my face. 🙂

Much enjoyed.

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Hi Mark

So well said and written. You capture the hypocrisy, cowardice and nerve of these Caesars on all levels and through all the ages. So well defined in your poem from start to finish and yes, I totally agree with this —

One, sometimes,
dies unworthy of the name:
and when that Caesar goes
the justice is he goes in shame.

What I also like about this poem is the clever use of language, you present your case with sharp wit underscored by a very engaging cadence.

much enjoyed,

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