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*Image of Julius Caesar by QDT. The Ides of March Spun spells pummel our Earth ... as a Sun scanned absence swallow, vacuumed blues taxes light once deemed eternal ... plus righteousness, escapism from existence ... edges evacuation, Birth ere the latter days ... ventured the laurels that were Rome, the incarnation of iniquity ... masquerade innocence, like clovers and thistles ... lure eyes above the common grass, Furtherance besought ... midst tossed bone for multi contentment, parades that paralyze souls ... usurp minds to sweeping abandon, celebratory hails the seasoned ... emblem of power, The gods and goddesses' palms of warring pulse ... 'tis peacetime, nonetheless ... tributes adorn the temples of Mars in abundance, 'tis time of awash hands of mere grimes ... toxic suffers freely, Citizens housed upon Palatine ... the triumphant hill, felicitations honorable legions ... protectors of Rome, promissory constants ... declared Remus per Romulus, Roman Senate played a chess game ... Caesar kept them in check, every move was scrutinized ... made vulnerable and powerless, autocracy trumps democracy ... seeds gangocracy, Plans are planted within plans ... schemes are shrouded inside schemes, the beast entrails read ominously ... Spurina forewarns the marked, timely debts to be paid in full ... matters to be settled, At the Courts of Pompey ... the assembly awaits for him, armorless donning senatorial garb ... metals pierce a man, till mute ... last recalls *haruspex, "Beware the Ides of March". *Haruspex; reading of omens from the entrails of sacrificed animals. The subject of Shakespeare's title play came from his thorough accounting of Plutarch's writings. 2022 March 30 *1st Place* This or That, Vol 11 ~~Edward Ibeh: Judged 2022 April 22 *HMS; 14,16,14 syllables per x 8 stanzas

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Date: 4/24/2022 1:33:00 AM
Excellent poem a well-deserved win.
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Date: 4/24/2022 5:18:00 PM
A hearty thanks, Terry, appreciated my friend, Aloha~William
Date: 4/22/2022 8:15:00 PM
Beautifully linked to the History. Congratulations!
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Date: 4/23/2022 1:02:00 PM
Thanks aplenty, Christuraj, and to your win as well my friend, Aloha~William
Date: 4/22/2022 11:21:00 AM
Congratulations, Hilo, on top win!
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Date: 4/23/2022 1:01:00 PM
Thanks, Kim, and Cheers to your Fig Leaf win as well my friend, Aloha~William
Date: 4/22/2022 10:20:00 AM
So creative William in the tradition of the great storytelling bards! Only in the end is the warning remembered. Pure irony. I keep thinking of Jesus' words - "those that live by the sword, die by the sword." And there are many kinds of swords! Congratulations on your top win! Well deserved. Wonderfully written with strong imagery and lyrical alliteration. Sending you blessings! Aloha!
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Date: 4/23/2022 12:58:00 PM
Your generous expressions are deeply appreciated, Sam, on this great day for our sleepy coastal town of Hilo. Today ends our three-day Merrie Monarch Festival with a parade in less than an hour and a hula contest tonight. I'm uncertain it will be televised in your locale my friend, thanks again, Aloha~William
Date: 4/22/2022 9:11:00 AM
William Congratulations on your excellent poem and your top win in this contest!
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Date: 4/23/2022 12:53:00 PM
Thank you, Lasaad, and to your Fig Leaf top win as well my friend, Aloha~William
Date: 4/22/2022 7:40:00 AM
Outstanding work here, William:-) An instant fave for me! Heartiest congratulations on your top win in my contest!
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Date: 4/23/2022 12:51:00 PM
A heartfelt thanks, Edward, for the Fave and placing on this three-day Merrie Monarch Festival for our sleepy coastal town of Hilo. Parade in less than half an hour ending with the hula contest tonight I'm uncertain it will be televised in your locale my friend, Aloha~William