Leaving Alexandria

I could not stay in Alexandria
the brilliant blue sea, the cloudless sky
the perfect yellow shore
all lovely; bathed in light.

Standing there, day dreaming of Antony
lost was he between her limbs
High Priestess of Isis
intoxicated Roman.

What color were her eyes?
Blue? Perhaps Nile green
like the eyes of my lover
far away on another yellow shore.

I could not stay in Alexandria
the blue sea, the cloudless sky
I must hasten to my Isis
an intoxicated Roman lost between her limbs.


Dame Judi Dench reads from Antony and Cleopatra, Act V scene II at Westminster Abbey

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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1 Response to Leaving Alexandria

  1. beetleypete says:

    Modern thinking has it that Cleopatra was a black woman, probably not unlike modern-day Ethiopians, Somalis or Eritreans. After drooling over Liz Taylor in the role when I was a boy, that gave me quite a shock!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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