There should be a kingdom of poetry
Like the Roman empire
Where Marcus Aurelius ruled.
A scent of betrayal by his coward son Commodus,
Who kills his father Aurelius- the Cesar
Of the throne.
The bravery of Maximus,
The Colosseum of Rome
A vast cheering mob,
The senate of intellect.
One’s name has to be killed
If one doesn’t die soon;
This is how betrayal talks.
A soldier (Maximus) touches the soil
For saving Rome.
Senate is the think tank,
Rome is its people.
A kingdom of poetry can grow
If one lives poetry.
I have watched Gladiator
With much interest.
Rome looks like guiding kingdom
Of Poetry, which it once needed
When Commodus misruled
For entertainment and organized fight shows.
But I really want to live poetry now.
The movie taught me how politics
Itself is not a dirty game,
But the players need to wash their hands.
A Kingdom has dire desires to fall or be,
In the hands of frigid rulers.
Poetry also learns itself
Now poetry has asked people
To live like it really can be,
Like one immortal Roman Empire
To our understanding, in every aspect.
Loosely based on the movie Gladiator
Sushant Thapa (born on 26th February, 1993) is a Nepalese poet from Biratnagar-13, Nepal who holds a Master’s degree in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has published five books of English poetry, namely: The Poetic Burden and Other Poems (Authorspress, New Delhi, 2020), Abstraction and Other Poems (Impspired, UK, 2021), Minutes of Merit (Haoajan, Kolkata, 2021),Love’s Cradle (World Inkers Printing and Publishing, New York, USA and Senegal, Africa, 2023) and Spontaneity: A New Name of Rhyme (Ambar Publication House, New Delhi, 2023).