BEWARE THE IDES
It’s cautioned that we must beware
specifically regarding, the Ides of March.
This was warned by the old time Romans,
who liked to build so much, using the arch.
I checked and found that they also felt
the Ides of May, October and July
were felt, equally, of significance,
though history books fail to explain why.
Those Ides, the thirteenth of the month,
were dates more or less mid-way.
Beyond that, I could find no other clue
what to look out for on this one day.
It’s noted, too, they didn’t stop at this.
The fifteenth of all other months all year
is also a day that is known as Ides.
Were they saying every Ide was a day to fear?
In my book, the word ‘beware’
says ‘watch your back’ or ‘think first’.
Those things we plan that really matter
might best be reconsidered and rehearsed.
Should I listen to what old Romans said?
Their great Empire did crumble, after all.
But, I just chalk that up to their nature.
Historically, those old boys enjoyed a brawl.
To be safe, though, around about mid- month,
I plan to spend a day or two or three in bed.
After all, ancient Romans were a clever bunch
and, ‘Beware the Ides’ is what they always said.
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