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June 12, 2010

This haiku appeared in a comment to a Facebook note sharing translations of an epigram from the Greek Anthology.

῾Ρώμη παμβασίλεια, τὸ σὸν κλέος οὔποτ᾽ ὀλεῖται;
Νίκη γάρ σε φυγεῖν ἄπτερος οὔ δύναται.

Rômê pambasileia, to son kleos oupot’ oleitai;
Nikê gar se phugein apteros ou dunatai.

Anonymous (IX.647)

Rome is a fat Queen
under whose seat Victory
is a wingless bug.

Gwee Li Sui

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