On Hope and Change

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

The soldiers loved the little boy
son of famed Germanicus
Commander of the Roman legions
camped along the River Danube.

A little boy dressed in the part
of soldier in his father’s army
carrying his little sword
wearing little soldier’s boots.

He grew to strong and graceful manhood
beautiful of face and limb
as fits a child of noble birth
great grandson of Marc Antony.

And when his father passed away
stricken Rome would then bestow
all their love on little boots
son of famed Germanicus.

Divine Tiberias took his leave
and people yearned for hope and change
they celebrated youth and beauty
as little boots came to the throne.

All Rome in joyous adulation
hailed little boots as Emperor
Happy were the people now
with youth and beauty on the throne.

He never liked his nickname much
diminutive of “caliga”
Rome soon learned what it had wrought
the jackboots of Caligula.



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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7 Responses to On Hope and Change

  1. beetleypete says:

    Did you ever get a chance to watch the BBC adaptation of ‘I Claudius’, I wonder? John Hurt played Caligula, and I first heard ‘little boots’ in that series.
    Worth your time, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • toritto says:

      Heehee – I have seen I Claudius numerous times. I have the entire series on tapes!!

      After that, I went out and read the book!

      🙂 Great minds think alike!


  2. Aquileana says:

    Excellent post… we are in the same wavelenght so to speak… as I have been watching a series called The Borgias and some themes seem to reappear somehow…
    All my best wishes, dear Toritto. Aquileana 🌻

    Liked by 1 person

    • toritto says:

      Hi Aquleana! I too watched the Borgias! You do know that it was cancelled after three seasons. Very unfortunate because it was excellent. They will leave you hanging forcing you to go to your history books to find out what happened – unless of course you already know!
      Regards from Florida

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      • Aquileana says:

        I didn´t know that… As a matter of fact, I am still on the 2nd season, and the third one still to come and available here on Netflix… But I had no clue it was cancelled… Such a pity… I´ll have to go to the books as you say then , as I don´t know the story… Thanks for letting me know. Sending best wishes. Aquileana 🐉☀️


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