Messalina

by flammeusgladius

Messalina

 

 

 

 

Competing with the representative

Of the expanding Guild of Prostitutes,

She truly shows how Caesar’s wife should live:

She tears up all conventions by the roots.

Previous leader ladies have been beauts

In their own ways – but none has quite done this.

While slaves serve wine and dance and play their flutes,

She tries to steal an empire like a kiss.

Strike off her pretty head! the Furies hiss.

Give it a start – and we shall do the rest.

He’d have to be an awful fool to miss

That chance, to fail that small and simple test.

He doesn’t miss.  He doesn’t fail.  How sad!

After the fact, he wishes that he had.

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley