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Augustal Exhortion: a #haibun

Augustus von Prima Porta (20-17 v. Chr.), aus der Villa Livia in Prima Porta, 1863. Photos by
Till Niermann

Why should the eighth month not bear my name?

Did I not bring peace to the Empire? Is not my reign the inauguration of the Pax Romana? Did I not expand our territory while maintaining the peace?

Oh, but some of you cry, “Republic!” Others whisper, “Tyrant!”

Is it the Republic you desire? Would that be the same one that collapsed under her own corruption? The same one whom my adopted father, Julius Caesar, co-ruled in Triumvirate, before his betrayal by his own father-in-law, Pompey? The same one I, myself, co-ruled in yet another, before defeating the traitor Marc Antony?

Look around you. Women welcome their husbands to their beds each night. Children grow up to the delight of their parents. Avis smile at their bountiful nepotes habet. The graneries remain full, now that Egypt is ours. New roads carry our commerce and influence far and wide. Murderers and thieves fall before our police. The terror of all citiesβ€”fireβ€”yields to our firefighters. Our unconquered legions safeguard our liberty and prosperity. Even our mother, Roma, arises from her ashy ruins.

This is our life now, my fellow citizens. This is the Glory of Rome! So, I ask you, yet again.

Why should the eighth month not bear my name?

Ancient ruins

the ultimate legacy of

emperors

I host Haibun Monday over at dVerse today, where we write haibun about August. The Pub is open! Come join us!

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32 replies »

  1. So vivid, Frank! I especially liked these lines:

    “Our unconquered legions safeguard our liberty and prosperity. Even our mother, Roma, arises from her ashy ruins.

    This is our life now, my fellow citizens. This is the Glory of Rome!”

    Stunning!

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  2. Outstanding, Frank. Our minds were in similar tracks it seems. This haibun just shines, and the feel and style of it is way outside your normal poetic box;
    very impressive.

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    • Thank you, Glenn! Every now and then, I write an in persona haibun. Augustus intrigues me, and what better way to explore this intrigue than for a dVerse Haibun Monday prompt on August, ay? πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for the kind feedback! Always appreciated! πŸ˜€

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