Augustine fearing that his

powers of endurance may break

pled set me on fire with your love

I tasted you

and now I hunger and thirst for you


Bonaparte trusting himself

invented a man without remorse

and believing in posthumous existence

created his legend   bit by bit

exile and island rain broke him


Aurelius in dark times

between changes imposed and endured

held to the divine spirit   determined

to remain himself whatever the world may do

an emerald preserving its color