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While you were dreaming While you wrapped your mind in silks Bronze Steel Stone Did their work While you breathed the fumes Of the oracle’s fissure Deranged the senses Settled in soft beds Rome Sent agents into the streets Hard men pinched men Bronze Steel Stone To eliminate execute Discredit and destroy See Rome While […]

See Rome

by CHRIS FLOYD

While you were dreaming
While you wrapped your mind in silks

Bronze Steel Stone
Did their work

While you breathed the fumes
Of the oracle’s fissure
Deranged the senses
Settled in soft beds

Rome
Sent agents into the streets
Hard men pinched men
Bronze Steel Stone
To eliminate execute
Discredit and destroy

See Rome

While you stood in the forum
Declaimed high words
Filled temples with fragrant smoke
Scrawled millions of learned disquisitions

Rome marched
Somewhere, in your name
Fired the village
In your name
Put steel to the belly

While you were wrapped in silks
While you grubbed
While you drank degraded waters
Drank dark, brilliant wine
Wore silks, while you dreamed

Rome was
Rome hammered the real

Your silks
Your songs
Are dreams

See Rome

CHRIS FLOYD is a columnist for the Moscow Times and a regular contributor to CounterPunch. He can be reached at: cfloyd72@hotmail.com