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CALIBAN’S ISLAND

haunted by ancient Roman ghosts
first triumphant Empire, now back
to the dictator Caesar

mighty Britannia
stands alone

determined (yet scarcely able)
to resist a new dark ages of
its own making

the island
itself setting sail

ready, if needs be,
to comb the whole ocean
for trade and colonial conquest
searching for things in
their native habitat
to commandeer

paint with illusions, fictions
and shadows
dreams of

power
and glory
creatures to demonize