Sunday, June 2, 2013


Thanks Robert Graves –
The frog-pool wanted a king.
Jove sent them Old King Log.

I have been as deaf and blind and wooden as a log.
The frog-pool wanted a king.
Let Jove now send them Young King Stork.
Caligula's chief fault: his stork-reign was too brief.
My chief fault: I have been far too benevolent.
I repaired the ruin my predecessors spread.
I reconciled Rome and the world to monarchy again.
Rome is fated to bow to another Caesar.
Let him be mad, bloody, capricious, wasteful, lustful.
King Stork shall prove again the nature of kings.
By dulling the blade of tyranny I fell into great error.
By whetting the same blade I might redeem that error.
Violent disorders call for violent remedies.
Yet I am, I must remember, Old King Log.
I shall float inertly in the stagnant pool.
Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.


  1. Kay Dooley says -
    How dare you call our new caesar - mad bloody capricious wasteful and lustful - you piece of flotsam.
    how dare you !
    I hate you males.

  2. Oh Dear, It is back.
    Robert Graves wrote that many years ago.
    I mean, the dude is dead now so you can't argue with him.
    Maybe you'd like to argue with Claudius?
    Or Tiberius.
    Or perhaps the divine Augustus himself?

    Make up your mind you silly old trout - or shut up!

  3. Kevin Costner says -
    Some years ago I made a difference with my bow and arrow.
    I definitely made a difference with Maid Marion.
    Perhaps Kay Dooley should give that some thought?