From the Winter 2014/2015 Issue “Europe Under Fire“
The fat men jog around the Circus Maximus. Ricotta Tremulous.
A military tradeshow fills the oblong hollow—
boats with proud snouts, private drones.
In these rotten grasses, Ovid writes,
the Sabine women were raped.
Rapere: to seize or drag away.
In exchange for losing everything,
the women earned the right to bear free sons,
maybe to mother soldiers if the gods were good.
– Eliza Griswold
[Photo courtesy of Alan Piper]