Friday, March 6, 2015


Before he was a baby the ghost of Marcellus,
Nephew of the Emperor Augustus
Was several centuries old. (We know this is true
Since Vergil reports Aeneas and the shade of Anchises
Saw Marcellus in Hades, long before the birth of
How tedious it must have been, waiting to be born
And then to live but nineteen years! In Hades,
Despite the terrible post-war overcrowding,
They didn't even bother to relet his rooms.

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