Saturday, December 25, 2004

Apathy Jack writes:

If you want to be someone today you must nerve yourself
For deeds that could earn you an island exile, or years in jail.
Honesty's praised, but honest men freeze. Wealth springs from crime:
Landscape gardens, palaces, furniture, antique silver -
Those cups embossed with prancing goats - all are tainted.
Who can sleep easy today? If your greedy daughter-in-law
Is not being seduced for cash, it'll be your bride: mere schoolboys
Are adulterers now. Though talent be wanting, yet
Imagination will drive me to verse, such as I - or any scribbler -
May still command.

- Juvenal, Satire I

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