No One Mourns A Crassus – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Image: from Marcus Lincinius Crassus, the wealthiest man of Rome who met his death in Syria trying to gain a small conquest over land and capital, but which cost him his life. The opposing Parthian king had Crassus’ mouth filled with molten gold to show his lust for gold and power. Not much has changed since 1 B.C.E.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin

No One Mourns A Crassus

To wear the widow's black
or put on sackcloth and cast ashes,
to grieve for the loss of species as
the philistines pursue their plundering,
as every Crassus lusts for their gold
of death and destruction in a wastrel's
desire for everything over life itself,
in temporary experiences of hollow 
lives devoid of meaning beyond greed,
O, to have that funeral now, that we 
might see them gone and live again.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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11 responses to “No One Mourns A Crassus – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Some people aren’t worth mourning. I felt that way when one of the Koch brothers died.

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  2. Oh, you caught me blank like the table, cleaned after meal. Lol I remember to have learned all this Roman history, but it’s gone. Let me have a look again. xx Michael

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  3. The word “Philistine” comes to mind on a regular basis these days. The title of your poem couldn’t be more apt for these latter-day Philistines.

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  4. lync56

    Great poem – loved it


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