Shall We to Follow Suit, As Those in Rome?

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A short poem about the woes of ancient Rome




Shall we all to follow suit as the Romans,

in this fine country, of today,

To wake some time and find out then,

that the time has slipped away?



As we over indulge, and each one to trudge,

to the big refrigerator door,

Pack on the calories of the fattening foods,

then to wallow in the floor?



Work so hard on our jobs we each have,

then to stab others in their backs,

Eh tu, Brute', to be said, as the victims,

all die, as betrayed, in their tracks.



On Sundays we all do shuffle in,

to football stadiums, great and so wide,

To cheer and chant for our sacrifices,

as we all sit and to roar, on either side.



So much to be like the ancient ones,

of the golden yesterday's city of Rome,

What differences is now, compared to then,

with nice spas within each home?



We wear our finest togas, sublime,

as we drink and partake of strange things,

The swimming heads and soil in our beds,

to indicate what drugs, all brings.



The rumble of the earth and within its depths,

not heard, nor anyone to heed,

The self-possessed, of all the rest,

with much wastes and filth, of all to breed.



Another city of the Grecian earn, is reflected,

in this timeless transgression,

The ultimate undoing to bring about,

our own demise, a finalized progression.



WE raise our glasses to the days of Rome,

fine wine from the winery, well pressed,

Not in realizing our backward treks,

and the loss of culture, as all is suppressed.



What tomorrow may bring, to be decided by us,

in our making the right decisions,

Shall we all to succumb, in actions so dumb,

and in not living the life we've envisioned?






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tammybarnette 4 years ago

Wow, so beautiful and so true. History has a lesson to teach, but nobody ever listens.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Tammy, I hoped to ask the questions in my poetry for the world to see and consider.


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craiglyn 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

A fantastic analogy to Rome. Most things that go up eventually have to come down. Doesn't there have to be a happy medium somewhere? We overdo everything in our pursuit of greatness. Great poem.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a beautiful poem and powerful message my friend! You have nailed modern civilization with a great parallel to Ancient Rome. Of course, Rome fell to its own greed and self-indulgence....will we do the same?


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grand old lady 4 years ago from Philippines

Very interesting situation you have envisioned here. I hope things come out well for your country and the right candidate gets elected:)


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for your nice comment,grand old lady. Yes, I do hope the right candidate is elected at such a crucial time in the history of the country and world.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Bill, we will pray that our own country will move on into a new realization that we must all pull together and strive for a better life for all. We certainly have that ability, if we can land a man on the moon or build billion dollar air planes.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you craiglyn, yes, we must find a happy medium and strive harder to meet in the middle or make compromises, especially in matters that have such drastic effects on our society.


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this thought provoking poem. Jamie


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Jamie, I find myself writing about social issues a lot lately and can't help myself because of the seemingly apathetic stance held by so many.Thanks for your supporting comments.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Weird. I just left a related comment with billybuc. I have been having thoughts down this lines.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks,Mhatter99, for your words of encouragement. Strange how we often think alike sometimes isn't it?


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

This is Amazing! wow. I tweeted, shared, up & this is Beautiful and Awesome. You truly are a blessing of a Spirit of US. Miss the ability to send messages to folks like you. Cheers! well written. :)


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much,Jo. I really am glad to get such praise by fellow hubbers.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

If only someone would pay attention to the reality that lies right before our eyes; wonderfully depicted through your poem, whonunuwho.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you,QudsiaP1, I pray that we, as a people, will give the proper attention to the needs of these times that we all live in, and hope that it will not be too late in making the changes that may lead to better times.

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