[Poetry] interregnum I

Holy Roman Empire

I.
it’s been a while since
we had a king

this was a republic, once
lombard leagues arrayed
verse overweening emperors

in avignon
the pope lives on
a treasured guest of normans

these institutions made us what we are
charters guide
our civic pride
relentless slide to oligarchy

our boot-bound towns never cared
for much
really

they say otto won
at lichtenfeld
but the reichskammergericht lies empty

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