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June 2007, Roy Stucky

The Ghost of Rome stalks us.
Its catacomb blocks us.

The Greeks
Did quite well
Then fought among themselves.
They found
That alone
None could handle Rome.
Their culture
Went abroad
Along with renamed gods.

A buried bone taunts us.
The Ghost of Rome haunts us.

Secular force reached its peak in Rome,
Power corrupted the street and throne.
God chose that era to come to Earth
Shaped by the form of a humble birth.

Jesus proclaimed true authority came
Through submitting yourself to the name of God,
Loving your neighbor as you love your soul
Being greater in power than coals of fire.

Rome laughed.
Rome choked.
Rome fell.
And the meek were handed the Earth.

The Ghost of Rome stalks us.
Its pleasure dome mocks us.

The greedy sought the power's seat
Like maggots drawn to rotting meat.
They postured even though they lied -
Anything to get inside.

Once power fell into power mad hands
Extending their power explains their demands.
But rulers whose deeds give the lie to their words
Eventually find themselves stripped and absurd.

A hungry throne wants us.
The Ghost of Rome haunts us.

Divine
Right of kings
Denounced
For the sorrow it brings
Wearing rings of accepted delusion.
God swore
Emperors
Would crawl
Into every stall
And then call it a rite of intrusion. (I Sam. 8)

The Ghost of Rome stalks us.
Its catacomb blocks us.

Finally a people who longed to be free
Took over a land between border guard seas.
Defending that freedom at home and abroad
Made many forget all the debt they owe God.

The font of our culture behaved like before -
Divided and conquered by cycles of war.
Peace is a flash in our history's occult.
Eons of strife for a moment's result.

A buried bone taunts us.
The Ghost of Rome haunts us.

You say religion's indelibly stained.
Auschwitz/Hiroshima begs you explain.
People find something to use for a cage.
People kill people no matter the age.

The Ghost of Rome stalks us.
Its pleasure dome mocks us.

To chant down the walls in reprise of Rome's fate
Barbarians show up at last at the gate.
The watchers look down on the threat in distress.
The sleepers and drunkards could hardly care less.

A hungry throne wants us.
The Ghost of Rome haunts us.

Rock by rock
And stone by stone -
The cracked hourglass
Of ancient Rome.

Book by book
And poem by poem
The open class
Of modern Rome.

The hatred outside
Can't be denied.
It's time to decide
If you are at home
In Rome.

The offer burns the table -
Intoxicating toast.
The Ghost of Rome has risen
To entice a modern host.

 
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