delightful paintings

Emperors and Kings
Princes and Serenities
Commissars and Presidents
  Chairmen and Potentiaries

all lie for it in their nature;
Each year I celebrate Westie’s  great victory at Tet
marvel that Iraq took only a few weeks
‘til mission was accomplished

Still I feel unease remembering a previous life
the crowds, the dusty roads of that ancient Egyptian village
drinking and celebrating
while lustfully taking her in the street

For, you see, the Palace had announced
“Antony and the Queen are winning in Greece.”
And we partied on, reveling
until Octavian’s legions were at the gates.



Moments of War by Mariusz Kozik


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Lies

  1. beetleypete says:

    Very true, Frank. Nothing changes, and little is learned from history.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. jfwknifton says:

    Yes, I would fully endorse what Pete says here. It is quite amazing how we seem to love repeating our mistakes….”the triumph of hope over expectation”.

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  3. sojourner says:


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