POETRY: Roberta Pantal Rhodes – A Lovely Walk

 

A Lovely Walk

 
We stroll along the
Appian Way. The air
fragrant with the scent
of pine. It is peaceful
with no hint of the past,
of bodies hanging
from crosses.  Just this
lovely walk along
The Appian Way.

We continue on
to the Colosseum still
standing after all
these years. We marvel
at the engineering, perfectly
round, built without
computers or engineers,
just the slaves who
put it all together.  And
for what, the slaughter
of Christians.

And lastly, the Roman
Forum.  The Arch of
Titus celebrating the
destruction of Jerusalem
where now only, the Wailing
Wall remains.

They say the Barbarians
destroyed Rome: the Goths,
the Visigoths, Vandals, Angles, Saxons,
Franks, Ostrogoths and Lombards
but I ask, who are the Barbarians?

 

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