Nero Played the True Music of History

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Nero Played the True Music of History
 
The Earth's womb is inflamed
with the passage of matricides;
she spreads her legs to a harlequin
lover, gives birth to a night full
of history, whose nameless workers
spend their breaths machining
for the likes of Nero
 
The man of action, cheered
by coliseum crowds kicking
his mother down, clenching
in his secret fist the feel
of his mother's breath.
 
Agrippina in a hair shirt
staring into a glass of red wine,
cursing her suicidal womb;
the letter half‑written on her desk.
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