Vercingetorix by Bruce Michael Foley

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Vercingetorix

We get to be divine
if only for awhile, stars
that never could have been,
soon to disappear.

Empires rise to falling
our laurels become a history.
What boast will be mine, for having been
gifted with this time?

Would that I fought with Caesar
riding horseback among his legions.
Now that, would have been something
for the record –
Yet, my life, is no less.

It is one thing to receive
the sword of Vercingetorix.
Greater than his dying in defeat
was the courage with which he lived.

This is what it means to be immortal.

Choosing loyalty unto death
for those we love, never surrendering
to our fears.

indexI was born across the bridge from Boston, Massachusetts, in Cambridge, as July 4th fireworks exploded over the Charles River, just a stone’s throw from Harvard University. At age two, my family moved to Somerville, Ma.,where I was raised in a rough blue-collar environment, playing many sports. In 1998 I relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, I work among special needs children and teach martial arts. Poetry began in high school, but took off in a more dedicated way in later years, along with resuming music studies, guitar. My poems are published in various anthologies; including Impressions, Prism, and the Mighty Voices Of Thunder Series, sponsored by the international poetry website, “Allpoetry.” I was a featured poet in Lyrical Somerville February 2015, a Boston based publication, as well as being an “Editor’s Front Page Pick,” for the month of March 2016 on Allpoetry. A defining moment that contributed significantly to further interest in writing was a First Place Award from the International Poetry Fellowship, for my poem, “Among Fields of Cotton.” Presently, I am happy to have the opportunity to explore various forms of poetry with Mr. Bruce Isaacson, Poet Laureate of Clark County Nevada.

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