A Roman Legion 2

A couple of posts ago I posted a poem I wrote in response to a challenge. The challenge was to take the 7th book on your bookshelf, open it to the 7th chapter, take the 7th page and the 7th line and write a 7 line poem beginning with that line.

I decided to expand this beyond the 7 lines we were allowed, and this is the result.

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A Roman legion also had other skills
As well as its ability in war.
As builders, Roman soldiers were not poor
And built a wall for Hadrian ’cross the hills.

When soldiers met a river, wide and deep
A bridge they built to get across the flow.
The soldiers toiled in sun or rain or snow
And if some died, well OK life was cheap.

Vercingetorix was a Celt from Gaul.
Who won a massive battle, but in vain.
They soon lost all that they had gained
And Roman soldiers camped outside the wall.

The siege engines the Roman soldiers built
Bombarded all the walls around the town.
Their engineering capabilities shown
And Vercingetorix’s strength did wilt.

The soldiers built the roads so straight and true
Joining all their governed lands to Rome.
Where the Emperor did sit upon his throne
And that is why the empire grew and grew.

The soldiers sewed their clothing built the roads,
And bridges, walls and siege engines as well.
They fought and conquered, as the stories tell,
And beat the Celtic peoples in their woad.

The legions helped the Empire last so long.
Fighters, engineers and builders, they
Worked hard and long, they toiled throughout the day
To make the Roman Empire wide and strong.

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