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The footprints left by ink on parchment
are traced by quiet fingers, though,
He never blotted a page.

The quill rises, strikes the scroll;
the instrument is a time machine:
the Bard dreams of Rome.

     Welcome to the Coliseum!
     Our entertainment shall delight your eyes
     and sway your senses.
     Emerge, spectators!  Declare your enthusiasm
     in your tens of thousands.

     Six acres of land.
     From the stands, centurions watch
     gladiators circle lions.

     The crowd hymns a name.

     Little boy, watching this game,
     Do you know the measure of a man?
     Whatever your path, you must have
     death and glory.


He writes:
All the world's a stage…
For ~Iku-ken's #My-PenChants' prompt: a piece involving a time machine, Ancient Rome and army recruits.

I stuck to your request veeery loosely. ^^; Sorry that this is so late! D:

Shakespeare's publishers used to brag that "he never blotted a page" - in other words, he never made a mistake while writing his plays. "All the world's a stage" is a quote from As You Like It.

I hope you enjoyed it dear. :)
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:iconthe-psychic-paligin:
How can some one never make a mistake nobodys perfect!

Back to the poem I have allways wondered what it would have been like to have lived as a roman or a greek and the answer is I probably couldn't live with out my computer :XD:
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:iconkittykittyhunter:
lol Yeah. My teacher said that the publishers were probably bragging... still, it's Shakespeare... XDD

Same! It would just be so weird, lol.
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:iconthe-psychic-paligin:
lol as they say great minds think alike :rofl:
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:iconshadowkaru15:
aaah, it's wonderfully written :glomp: and I love the last line =D
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:iconkittykittyhunter:
Yes. :D Gotta love ole Shakespeare. ^^
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xEmoMuffinx Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the first line :D
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:iconkittykittyhunter:
:D Thank you!
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Iku-ken Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love this!
The first thing I liked about this was the ellipsis at the end. I also like how you used As You Like It's opening statement as your closing line.
I also enjoyed how you reused the "Books transport you elsewhere" context and did a reverse stint from it, not as the reader but as the author that produces the work.

Never knew Ancient Rome had bards though. P:

I'm would huggle this to bed if I could. ;)
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:iconkittykittyhunter:
:D I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I mean, I loved your gift for me so much~ :tighthug:

Ah, that's interesting~ I hadn't really thought about the literary transportation side of things. :)
But yes. That's one of the (many) lovely things about reading. ^^

It's Shakespeare. The bloke was EVERYWHERE. XDDD

Make another request for this month? :D

:huggle:
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