our alaric

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The Triumph of Death
by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
circa 1562
oil on panel


Submitted: December 09, 2011

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Submitted: December 09, 2011




whose command of gothic tribes

under roman mandate

allowed him to see a people who were

forced to fight but reap no reward

in order to perpetuate a treaty with the


after being passed over &

denied the possibility of moving upward

from commander to general,

never getting to leave the foederati

for the regular army,

he was fed up.


taking things into his own hands

like kurtz going up the river

he used the knowledge gained in

commanding his forces to identify

the weakened northeast of italy &

promptly invaded greece first with his

visigoths prior to sacking



throwing monumental punches in

401 CE, 407 & finally 410,

he infiltrated the empire at its heart

beginning the end of that which had

spread itself much too far over the world &

had been rotting from within for a good amount of



so who will be our alaric?

will a soldier with more heart than ability to

be a good little cog in the machine

turn over a new leaf &

leave with all his secrets wrapped up in his



will a high paid mad scientist

working for the US government

down below in an underground base

brewing up batches of biological weapons

never before unleashed on humankind

(kept at bay for the coming day)

feel that he is just a little more valuable

than he is presently getting paid &

flee to the surface with all his wisdom to

find one of our numerous enemies

so that sooner than later

the inside of the empire will be

writhing with nerve gas or

a new synthesis of ebola?





goes the clock.

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