A Prequel to Aeneid


I imagine I’m

On the porch of

An ancient Greek house

There are pillars all around

It’s a warm, airless day


And me, I’m doing this

I’m writing

Maybe I’m leaving something for

Posterity, because

By government or commerce

Speechifying’s more important


It could be a will

A source for disagreement

When I’m gone

Or mischief in an epic

Something afterward to leave around


For the future, maybe for a conqueror


In which I take the loser’s side

And change the tone of



C L Couch



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