The Fall of Rome

The Fall of Rome

When your freedom – of speech – is the gag – that’s stuffed down – your throat,
When fanatical – righteousness – throws – kids out – on the street,
When the rusty – democracy – grudgingly – grinds – to a halt,
And when sated – indifference – renders –space travel – obsolete,

When – there are – so many of us – in this shitpile,
how come – we all feel – so alone?
As we wait
for the fall
of Rome.

When your brother – has gone off – to fight – an invisible – war,
When inflation – devalued – the currency – of human rights,
When the wall – that once ran – thru Berlin – now carves – the New World,
When in our – border towns – shotguns – play at justice – at night,

Tell me, how is it – that you manage – to smile?
How can you – feel safe – in your home?
As you wait
for the fall
of Rome.

When extinction – stares up at us – mutely – from our – dinner plates,
When we are – prostituting – our colleges – out – for cents,
When instead of – red blood – black petroleum – runs – thru our veins,
When we put – makeup on our – aggression – and call it – defense,

When each evening – I’m praying – for visions,
But all – that I dream of – is porn –
Then I wait
for the fall
of Rome.

About Julie Deshtor

Julie Deshtor grew up in the Soviet Union during the turbulent 90's, and moved to the United States shortly after the Soviet Empire collapsed in 1991. A bilingual author, Julie writes both fiction and poetry, as well as translating poetry and lyrics. She brings her rich cultural and life experienced to her fiction, exploring the psychological struggles of her characters with compassion and insight, as they navigate the murky waters of the modern society. Julie currently resides in Utah, USA. Her interests include art, world literature, zoology, anthropology and urban subculture
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