Tristia 5.7

En pudet et fateor, iam desuetudine longa
uix subeunt ipsi uerba Latina mihi

D’you want to know
about the people here?

their clothes their manners?
they carry weapons

all of them
the locals

barely civilised

gone native
longhaired bearded

at the ready

I’m scarred enough
not to be scared

of them
can follow

their argot
(hardly call to mind

my own words now)

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