Empire

The Romans would have
never permitted
a clump of grass
to rise between
their paving stones.

Their network of roads
maintained by
well-fed slaves
could boast
near perfection

in an age
of attention
to detail. They
would have found
our race flabby

overfond of narcissism
without the genius
necessary to harness
an empire, or equal
their thousand year rule.

Author: Robert James Berry

Poet & Novelist