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To love you, like they loved in Ancient Rome

An Abecedarian poem

By Salomé SaffiriPublished 4 months ago 1 min read

A summer’s eve so clear. The

Breezes gently

Caress the cypresses while swaying them in


Etruscan beauty, Venus of the mortal!

Falerno flows for you to rinse your soles. The

Gladiators fight to earn your laurel. May

Hercules assist them in their goal.

Intoxicating touch! A look so tender - that

Jupiter, benevolent in bliss, sends blessing of the God: A

Kiss like thunder. Electrifying

Lightning of a kiss. The

Myrrh is lit. And I address Olympos:

Necessitas, what tapestry you weave!

Of destinies, both intricate and simple.

Peccavisti! No peace for me this eve!

“Quid nunc” she whispers, bosom softly heaving.

Radíx malorum est cupiditás.

Sleep now, my love. The tapestry’s done weaving

There are no more of fateful threads for


Vae puto deus fio, I’m immortal!

While I soak up the sunrise on my skin

Xantippe in the corner shivers conquered.

Yearning for love, she solemnly leans-in, and whispers:



Falerno - The most expensive wine in Ancient Rome

Necessitas - /Nechesitas /Goddess of destiny

Peccavisti! - I am guilty!

Quid nunc? - What now?

Radíx malorum est cupiditás - The root of evils is desire

Vae puto deus fio - I feel I am becoming a god

Zamia - Pain. Damage

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About the Creator

Salomé Saffiri

Writing - is my purpose. I feel elated when my thoughts assume shapes, and turn into Timberwolves, running through the snowbound planes of fresh paper, leaving the black ink of their paw prints behind.

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  • Joe O’Connor4 months ago

    I really like the ancient and sensuous feel, and you managed to utilise a lot of the letters in a Roman sense. Nice!

  • Your poem is lovely -- I enjoy your description of ancient cultures, myth and emotions with a twist of astronomy - it is my idea of delightful

  • Gosh, your poem was so elegantly poignant and those images were stunningly beautiful! So glad you provided a glossary. My favourite words are peccavisti and zamia! Loved your Abecedarian so much!

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