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Thursday, 30 December 2010

To be a Citizen of Rome

To be a citizen of Rome
Pay my tax and live the life of Rome
I share lands with the Emperor

Colosseums, and gladiators pay homage 
With sweats and blood and we chant
I am a citizen of Rome; a privilege that comes with

I am with royal
Not by royal blood, but by association
I am a citizen of Rome

What price paid
To have my harvest ransacked 
And be left with emptiness of wealth

I am a citizen of Rome
To be made privileged by wisdom 
And be insulted by the same

I gave to Caesar
Life and religion, had their share
But Caeser has got new ideas now

Brain box ticks, lights on
To rob me of my spoils, 
20% to rob me of my value added

Did I not pay with my grains
Before leaving the fields
He takes 20% of my bread, after bakers bakery

For what reason, I know not why
To have been bleed dry, like a gladiator
Just to be a citizen of Rome


  1. I saw your explanation of what your poem is referencing. You did a good job of describing your displeasure. Thanks for sharing yourself.

    Gayle ~

  2. well illustrated piece.
    best wishes for your efforts.

    Happy 2011.
    Thanks for the contribution.

  3. interesting piece... thanks for sharing

  4. We are all ex patriots of Rome in so many ways! Fascinating perspective in this poem!

  5. well-done! the more things change, the more they stay the same... :P

  6. very candid and raw thanks for sharing you're a great writer!


    happy new year!

  7. thank god ur born now.. in ancient rome they wld have had ur head for this :p.... really expressed ur angry well... Cheers!!!

  8. nice political piece, brings a hankering for renewed engagement through "social disobedience"... thanks for sharing

  9. great! mine for this thursday- http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/hunger/

  10. Wow...I really like this one. Thank you so much for sharing

  11. YEAH!, you win The Celebrate Poet of 2010 Award

    Happy Sunday!
    Come to our potluck tonight,

    Theme: Journey and the road ahead.

  12. I agree with tuffikaffa fabulous job!


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