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Thursday, January 1, 2004

"Ave Ceasar"

Rating: 2.8
Long ago the Gladiators,
When the call to combat came,
Marching past the massed spectators,
Hailed the Emp'ror with acclaim!
Voices ringing with the fury
Of the strife so soon to be,
Cried, "O Caesar, morituri
salutamus te!"

Nowadays the massed spectators
See the unaccustomed sight --
Legislative gladiators
Marching to their last great fight;
Young and old, obscure and famous,
Hand to hand and knee to knee --
Hear the war-cry, "Salutamus
morituri te!"

Fight! Nor be the fight suspended
Till the corpses strew the plain.
Ere the grisly strife be ended
Five and thirty must be slain.
Slay and spare not, lest another
Haply may discomfit thee:
Brother now must war with brother --
"Salutamus te!"

War-torn vet'ran, skilled debater,
Trickster famed of bridge and road,
Now for each grim gladiator
Gapes Oblivion's drear abode.
Should the last great final jury
Turn their thumbs down -- it must be!
"Ave, Caesar, morituri
salutamus te!"
Banjo Paterson
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COMMENTS
Moira Cameron 12 January 2021
I read this several times in succession to savour it's splendour. Thanks for crafting this piece!
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Dale Hall 05 January 2021
Even a well written poem gets criticism obviously the thumbs down can do a lot better yawn!
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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 January 2021
a poem with an old theme and then the last sentences with 'Ave, Caesar, morituri salutamus te! 'That's cynicism at its best. Congratulations! .
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Ratnakar Mandlik 30 September 2019
War torn veteran skilled debater. Great conceptualization about war cries in monarchy. and democratic polity..Well deserved classic poem of the Day.
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Mahtab Bangalee 30 September 2019
Gapes Oblivion's drear abode. Should the last great final jury Turn their thumbs down - it must be! // superb expression
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Chinedu Dike 30 September 2019
Really an interesting story told with clarity of thought and mind. An insightful work of art.
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Dr Antony Theodore 30 September 2019
Should the last great final jury Turn their thumbs down - it must be! " Ave, Caesar, morituri salutamus te! " a very nice poem. tony
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Julia Luber 30 September 2019
Why of course~ what other could the results be but " Ave, Caesar, morituri salutamus te! "
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Julia Luber 30 September 2019
Why, of course! " Ave, Caesar, morituri salutamus the! "
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Tublaigan ghastly 08 January 2021
Fuck
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