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The Ides of March

Every culture has its special calendar days of note We have Easter and Christmas, and the day we vote, The Romans marked their calendar for the 74th day Festivals and gatherings made it a special holiday It was known as the deadline for settling up debts And, historically, it became a day of Roman regret On March 15 [on our calendar], Julius Caesar was killed And, as a result, Rome ceased her empire to build. It was a critical turning point in ancient Roman history Much surrounding the event, to this day, is a mystery.
[The Ides of March]
Written March 30, 2022 for "This or That, Vol 11" Poetry Contest sponsored by Edward Ibeh

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Date: 3/31/2022 12:35:00 PM
My husband and I talk about the Ides of March constantly. My father's birthday was the Ides of March, and I have four close women friends whose fathers were also all born on the Ides of March - every one a different year!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/31/2022 1:19:00 PM
Interesting coincidence, methinks.
Date: 3/31/2022 11:03:00 AM
After he was assassinated the empire crumbled, let's hope history repeats itself in the Kremlin. We live in hope. Tom
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/31/2022 12:30:00 PM
Yes, we do, Tom. I don't think the Russia we know is like the Roman Empire, but it may be just as tottery. Time will tell.
Date: 3/30/2022 5:41:00 PM
One thing for sure: Brutus wasn't such an 'honorable man!' ~ Antony
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/30/2022 7:39:00 PM
I'd say he wasn't, gw. He sure got his name in the ages!
Date: 3/30/2022 1:02:00 PM
Nice! I was reading some of that information earlier myself, when my goat muse so rudely barged in...
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/30/2022 1:06:00 PM
I have no idea what Edward is looking for, so I just wrote a blurb about what "The Ides of March" means. I merely arranged the things I read in couplet form. I wrote three rather fine poems this morning (I think!) that I'm sort of proud of.