poems i may never write, i. Retiarius


in the Augustan period i understand this type of gladiator emerged – with a trident and a net.

i wonder how we may understand that, perhaps as a function of authoritarian regimes at the fall of the republic?

their tactics, a ‘net’ indeed in which to catch us – and a trident with which to finish the business

i know i’m prosaic and cynical today

perhaps this is only relevant if you find yourself the entertainment / repressed for your truth

i’m Spartacus, thank you Stanley

and they’ll point to delusion, all their underminings, puncture me more with their barbed medications, emperors lining up to kill what they’ve made helpless

A. H / K. H-H (26th July 2019)

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