Contemporary Literary Review India | eISSN 2394-6075 | Vol 6, No 4: CLRI November 2019

Poem by Hari Nair


Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned

When golden Ichor flew

And burnt was the hallowed ground

Did the Leopard run

To the Eagle?

Burnt was her flesh

And bones saw day

Her only crime was concern

And Nero fiddled while Rome burned

She was a Golden Child

Young, Naïve and innocent

Cupid was a Cherub thought she

Yet Satan had she loved

The love was never love

She was never a human born

She was a woman

Meant to be his,

Or so said he.

The Cherub turned Satan

Beelzebub in the flesh

As her flesh red turned

Nero fiddled while Rome burned

Where was the Eagle when

The Ichor was thrown?

Where was the Leopard when

She needed him most?

She was a puppet in their midst

A face that could launch

A thousand ships

Paris was wounded but

Ashen had turned

His dreams of love and sympathy

The Ichor he threw

Did bring his tomb

And Nero fiddled while burned Rome.


About the Author
Born in the year 1996 in Kerala, Hari Nair writes under the nom de plume Krishnan. He started writing poetry at the age of 16 and holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from The English and Foreign Languages University, Shillong. He speaks Malayalam, English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

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