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G. Stolyarov II

Issue IV- September 10, 2002


The legions march with hardened  meter,
And every plaza, every dome,
The forums, temples, amphitheater,
All gleam at Caesar's entrance home.

The former circumstantial classes,
From birth of labor's fruits deprived,
Abused by Pompey and by Crassus,
Rejoice: their savior has arrived.

The previous usurpers' expeditions
Had sacked, besieged, and terrorized.
But Caesar did not taint conditions
Naught had he wreaked to be despised.

As grand as in its calmest hour,
The city mirrors Caesar's glance,
The gusts of wind his toga's folds do scour,
He's unperturbed, in open, visionary stance.

His chariot makes the pavement rattle.
He turns his head, the throng observes.
They will no more be sacrificial cattle.
Each man will live as he deserves.

His own success is his earned prize;
His mental labors in campaign
With vibrant mind he did devise,
And none but Caesar did his fate ordain.

He does not seek connections, condescension;
His skill did him all favor grant.
He does not yearn for indolent abstention.
A fool's humility his purpose does not slant.

Yet where he steps, refinement blooms.
In Gaul did culture to the locals stream.
His governance his subjects' hopes illumes.
Oppressive Vercingetorix could not halt Caesar's dream.

Expanding country and his mind alike,
In Egypt and Numidia he'd havoc quelled,
Where treaty functioned, he employed no pike,
And only terror-mongers had dispelled.

A learned man, an artist in his soul,
Playwright, historian, and orator,
Without brutality respect he can control,
And Rome is proud of her Imperator.

Where now are Sulla's minions from the grave,
Who through intrigue all justice had disturbed,
Who sought the free mind to enslave
And from stale custom had advancement curbed?

A few remain, to strike another day,
Malignant thugs the genius cannot perceive.
This is the man whom Brutus seeks to slay,
For he cannot through merit Caesar's wreath receive.

G. Stolyarov II is a science fiction novelist, independent filosofical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. His newest science fiction novel is Eden against the Colossus. His latest non-fiction treatise is A Rational Cosmology. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@yahoo.com.

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Read Mr. Stolyarov's new comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, at http://www.geocities.com/rational_argumentator/rc.html.