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Catullus

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Catullus

So, you think my poems obscene?  Read Catullus. 
Graffiti-ed lavatories are more apt sites
for his scatological puerile poem writes. 
Yet, today his leather bound tomes enthrall us. 

Vicariously momentarily shot
back over two thousand years I get to watch
as he skewers harlots, fools and others such;
poetically, of course; who strut what they ought not.

Lesbia and her sparrow charm both him and
me, but she runs off with another; his sharp barbs
pursue.  Now's my big chance; might my modern garbs
catch his eye?  I'll boast he my poems scanned. 

They don't; more's the pity.  But he's so witty,
I fear he'll read my lines as merely pithy.

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  1. Date: 1/3/2012 10:06:00 PM
    I can't believe it .I found a poem I have not read yet!! And a sonnet to boot. It's like Italian sonnet mixed with rhyming couplet of English sonnet. Great rhyme patterns. Another famous name I am not familiar with. Such knowledge you have!! It's late again and I am not even halfway to the finish!!

  1. Date: 10/11/2011 8:39:00 AM
    Ahh yes a man with tongue in cheek..love it!! As an old member of the SCA made me want to get out my ren gowns and strut! Thanks for you nice comment..somethings which do need writing about aren't pretty BUT we have lots of words and can do it with euphimisms if necessary!!! LOL Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/4/2011 5:28:00 PM
    skewers harlots fools and others, bad old despot makes em blubber:) educational and well done here, good on ya....

  1. Date: 9/3/2011 2:57:00 PM
    Interesting work..I especially like the seventh and eighth line..Your presence at my work was uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 9/1/2011 10:34:00 PM
    Is there such a person John? I'd like to give him a try, your description is fascinating and I disagree with you last line. He'd love and be amused with what you say. P S Your visit and what you said made me feel so special - thank you!

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    Date: 9/1/2011 11:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, same time Julius Caesar. Google him. I love his stuff. You are special, it comes through your poems.
  1. Date: 9/1/2011 7:56:00 AM
    But 2000 years from now......Tony