In a Matter of Hours
portrayed as a brutal king
unable to locate an external universe,
blue tunic, swirling red cloak,
flailing his arms and legs
wielding the beheading sword.
cataclysmic events led to turmoil —
symptoms of a far deeper sickness:
reduced to desperate measures,
... as mobs of stick-wielding thugs,
... to save what they would.
invasion and dislocation
outbursts and incidents
one sat on his roof
savage snakes swam from
room to room below
as a lone shark
trolled the street.
tree rings hint at circumstances
that led to the Fall of Rome.
"Portrait of Plato" — mixed media — by MaFo