Romella Kitchens

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

No Toga Required


No Toga Required


I must admit to smoking Djarum cigars & drinking way too much
regular coffee
I hang out at the coffee shops as if they were non-alcoholic taverns -
my hopefully sanitized brawl with lack of liberality...Carefully and deliberately
selected flight of fancy.
• I feel only Catullus, the ancient Roman poet would understand me - my
puffed-out chest. My arrogant ordering of one the only affordable outings in
this current society.
I think Catallus would see it all with humor...Scribe it all down with hilarity
and then read it in the atrium of some wealthy Roman after the discussion of
politics has ended and to retract it to ever be invited to dinner again
Middle aged and older people do not stop being who we are. We simply add
very comfortable walking shoes.
Some day you will say 'Salve Civus' to a stranger on a street and like them. That stranger
will be the flesh and blood metamorphic of you.

Submitted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Poets are a strange lot. We wander around sensing the world down to the very last microbe. We fall in love, we fall loudly out of love. There is humor to life. There should be humor to some (not all I feel) poems. Catullus was a pundit of wit many centuries ago. You can read about his life and marvelous poems online. Oh, yes. The poet is steadfast in her quest to change her ways and is attempting to stay away from fine eateries discussing philosophy and the sort with men as scholarly as Plato or Soccrates. And, though cherry flavored smokeables and black coffee super shoted with expresso seem to call to her she is staving them off as much as possible. She hopes you enjoy the soon approaching holidays and this humble, little poem.50/50 coffee and decaf are still very delicious.

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