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Imperium Mundi

by Thomas Piekarski

That glorious apparition                         

Born from superstition                           

Enables transcendence

Encourages repentance

Is fraught with pain

If rejected in vain

By senses resigned

To a locked mind.

Abstract image of cloud like waves.
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Imperial ambition

Invites contrition

Like a life sentence

Of nailed to a fence

Bashed by hard rain

On some isolated plain

One’s ego resigned

To remain undefined.

Despite integration

Not many a nation

Has the good sense

To tackle laments

That stifles the brain

And can never attain

Liberty as defined

While so confined.

The ultimate decision

As to what revision

Assures independence

Fosters resplendence

With its final refrain

Is already lain

To rest in time

Entirely sublime.


Black and white photo of the author, Thomas Piekarski.
Thomas Piekarski

Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry has appeared in such publications as The Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Modern Literature, The Museum of Americana, South African Literary Journal, and Home Planet News. His books of poetry are Ballad of Billy the Kid, Monterey Bay Adventures, Mercurial World, Aurora California, and Opus Borealis.

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