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Message: my first public recitation
Author: newly arrived - Iphigenia Caecilius
Date: Sep 25, 1998 10:14

May I be so bold as to contribute two new double dactyls??

Vesuvial Suicide

Higgledy Piggledy
Pliny the Elderly,
Taking a nap under
     Volcanic skies,
What was he thinking? Such
Just as well--I suppose
    Everyone dies.

Yes, I realize that I have violated the rules that it needs to be one sentence, but oh well.

Unwelcome Harbor Guest

Higgledy Piggledy
Emperor Claudius,
Taking delight in at-
     tacking a whale--
Made up a new game called
Chariot fighters in
   Rome now seem pale.

I've been reading a bit of Pliny's writings lately, refreshing my memory of this event. I was a child living in Ostia when it happened. Strange thing--a ship of hides from Gaul had shipwreck in the harbor while it was under construction. The killer whale came to eat the hides and got stuck in the shallow waters. The (now) Divine Claudius brought Praetorian Guards and made a spectacle of killing the whale, as if it were a show during the games.

By the way, I have seen the Aeneid double dactyl in other places. I have a few double dactyls that are not my own, but are truly masterful. Shall I post them??

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