Born into Imperium
in the age of perpetual war
seventy years of life, no peace
War is Peace said 1984

I missed the war to end all wars
missed both volumes, one and two.
How to wage a war for peace?
Peace is War said 1984.

We’ve been at war since who knows when
guarding our security
we send our soldiers far away
while admirals ply the ocean sea.

Seems we’ve always been at war
in one place or the other
always fighting for the peace
which always seems beyond our reach.

If no one really wants a war
how exactly do they start
since states and legal entities
conducting war will shed no blood?

No state nor corporation bleeds
a brief does not a person make
‘tis real men who shed the blood
for greed and avarice of others.

Wars go on in other lands
never in our own it seems
We had no cause to shed more blood
where Crassus battled Parthians.

Nothing much as changed since then
Crassus died far in the East
I’m sure the legions wondered when
or if they would see Rome again.

New leadership arose in Rome
the passing of Tiberius
brought hope and beauty to the throne
the coming 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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2 Responses to Imperium

  1. sojourner says:

    “Good bye, American woman! Good bye, American shit!” I always waited for that last line;-)


  2. beetleypete says:

    On the button as always, Frank!
    Best wishes, Pete.


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