Caligula Though Tyrant He Be

Caligula though tyrant he be, is not so unlike my chaotic mind,

Burned to the ground like Nero’s Rome, a cure oh so difficult to find.

Cries to the almighty gods, heaven sent go unanswered,

Eating at my senses and sanity like a cancer.

Why is it that the clarity of thought so often goes awry

When focus eludes me no matter how I try.

Is this a curse–a symptom of a troubled body and soul,

I know not, still it leaves me feeling less than whole.

Most fortunate to me is that it never long lasts,

A matter of hours or days is all it takes to pass.

Yet this is of no less a concern and satisfies me little,

Stunting my spirit like knife to wood wittle.

Alone I am not of this I am certain,

As this diatribe ends and I bring down the curtain.

Praying that soon this too will vanish,

Returning to me clarity from whence it was banished.

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~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

What Awaits

I do not pretend, to know the truth,

Anymore than you…or the sun…or the moon,

Proving nothing short of ignorance otherwise.

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What I do know, is that death is inevitable;

Whether life be a second, a minute or decades,

Of this I am certain.

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Just as I am certain of my origin;

Beyond progeny…beyond paternity,

My essence existed before that of this earthly vessel,

And will certainly continue beyond it’s worldly demise,

Our human science has assured.

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I am, however steeped in uncertainty,

Uncertain of what lay in wait after this finite adventure.

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Will I be swallowed by consuming blackness,

Drifting endlessly…disjointedly into nothingness?

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Will I be welcomed at Heaven’s pearled gates,

Greeted with open arms into a paradise?

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Maybe Hell hath set it’s sights on my mortal soul,

Repaying me for the sinful life I’ve led?

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Or will my soul join with others

To live once again,

In the vessel of another of the newly-born?

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These all, are questions of faith,

Your faith…my faith,

Questions for which I have no answers.

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After a lifetime of curious inquiry,

I hold no greater insight into the afterlife,

Than were so endowed in me at my birth.

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~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~