Ave Caesar

No bitterness: our ancestors did it.
They were only ignorant and hopeful, they wanted freedom but wealth too.
Their children will learn to hope for a Caesar.
Or rather--for we are not aquiline Romans but soft mixed colonists--
Some kindly Sicilian tyrant who'll keep
Poverty and Carthage off until the Romans arrive,
We are easy to manage, a gregarious people,
Full of sentiment, clever at mechanics, and we love our luxuries.

by Robinson Jeffers

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2008 turned out OK.2016, on the other hand -
I am new to this website. I am visiting because Simon Winchester referred to him in his book, A Crack in The Edge of the World. Today is October 25,2008 - 10 days from a fateful election. Ave Caesar feels apt to the occasion, not so much in the Caesar as in we who await him.