As History Laughs

The Citizens danced

 Romulus cried


Centurions posed

 in Legions wide


“The world is ours”

  they said in glee


“And death to those

 who don’t concede”


The past unyielding

 future loaned


The present flew

 like David’s stone


Their party ending

 candles burnt


With spoils poisoned

 lessons spurned


And history writes

 that in a day…


What once was Rome

 was cast astray


Whose legend carved

 in stone reminds


What young Narcissus

 hoped to find


The glory that once

 ruled the world


Now left in rubble

 myth unfurled


As time awaits

 to stalk our path


That wolf inside

 —as history laughs


(Villanova Pennsylvania: October, 2018)

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