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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Henrik Edoyan - SENECA'S DEATH

The executioner’s hand descends on his shoulder
“This can’t be! This cannot be it!” Seneca whispers
Aware of death’s descending specter. 

Outside, the moonless night streams on
And Rome lives on.  And for a moment
He struggles for a comment,

But keeps his peace.  It is the end.  The philosopher’s
Attempt negates that which he ponders,
Perhaps the doubts, perhaps the fear, when
Witnessing the demise of some Christian

In the Circus, where, obedient to Caesar’s desires,
He remained silent.  Now, as he shuts his eyes,
He sees in a flash his own enormous deceit, yet,
Remains silent.  It is too late.  Time to depart.


Henrik Edoyan
1993 
Translated by Tatul Sonentz

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