Ludi Piscatorii Poetry Contest (07-09 June)

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Ludi Piscatorii Poetry Contest (07-09 June)

Postby Lucius Aurelius Curio » Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:37 pm

Salvete Omnes!

Ludi Piscatorii in honor of Tiberinus starts today. For those who are unaware, the Ludi Piscatorii is a time of celebration dedidated to Father Tiber (Tiberis Pater) and the fishermen who fished the waters of the Tiber River for food for themselves and their loved ones. The celebrations were overseen by the Praetor, just as I worked hand in hand with our esteemed Praetor Peregrinus, L. Curtius Philo, on these Ludi. All fish that were caught during these celebrations were sacrificed at Temple of Vulcan in honor of the god of fire.

To help celebrate these events I bring to you a poetry contest in my capacity as Plebeian Aedile!

The prize will be:

An actual coin from the Roman era, as provided by one of our citizens. He has graciously agreed to donate to assist in the celebrations of Ludi Piscatorii for the Republic.

Contest Rules:

The poem must relate to any of the following themes: Tiberinus, Neptune, Fishing, River, Cultus Deorum, and/or local river gods. The poem should also be associated with Rome and the Roman Republic.

Each contestant may submit up to two poems.

All submissions must be received June 9th, the winner will be announced soon after this date.

The contest is to be judged by myself and our Praetor Peregrinus, L. Curtius Philo. 20 points will be awarded based on artistic merit and 10 points based on reflection of the theme.


I look forward to reading your poetry!

Valete!

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Re: Ludi Piscatorii Poetry Contest (07-09 June)

Postby Gaius Curtius Philo » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:11 pm

This is a shakespearian type sonnet made in honor and lament on the Rio Doce, a Brazilian river of my state that was recently destroyed because the corporation assigned to take care of a local large mud dam didn't hear professional warnings that the dam was unstable. The dam burst and mud filled the entire river. All fish life died. An entire ecosystem. The river itself is dead. I call in this poem the Rio Doce Dulcinus, which is a formation of its name in latin (Dulcis meaning sweet in latin, just like Doce in portuguese). I hope you like it.

A Sonnet to Dulcinus, river-god

I call thee Muse to give me speech sublime,
That everlasting canon 'gaist the Tide,
And have the Urb to know today in rhyme
Of river that in these sad lands has died
Such evil has been wrought upon the land
By mud so foul from hearts so black and cheap
And by that mud that sieg'd with heavy hand
We find ourselv's with nothing but to weep
Good bye Dulcinus fair, oh river free,
May I with words of ink give you my dues
May you one day arise from this debree
And be once more that river singing true
May you one day return to us restored
And may your ire fall on that muddy hord
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Re: Ludi Piscatorii Poetry Contest (07-09 June)

Postby Lucius Vitellius Triarius » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:39 am

Okay, here's my attempt, LOL!

The Carmen Piscatorii

Tibernius, Father of our River Tiber,
Hear me this day, the Ludi Piscatorii!
To the river cultores do go and do pray
for fortune's good flow on this special day.

Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!

Not for us, but for Rome
All to Vulcan, not thy home.
Hard work is done by Neptune's rite
and used to fire Great Vulcan's light.

Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!

No garum or liquamen to be had or be made
Just mackerel and mullet for the sacrificial blade.
No muria, no allec, nor other we wish.
Just baskets and baskets all filled full of fish.

Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!

By your gracious hand, guide and direct
All the good fishies straight into our net!
Tiberis pater and Vulcan renew.
The Respublica remembers and pays honors you.

Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!
Piscatorii!
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Re: Ludi Piscatorii Poetry Contest (07-09 June)

Postby Caeso Cispius Laevus » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:28 am

Here is my humble entry, it is about a river I enjoyed in my younger days. It ran near a seminary I attended. I always felt at peace there. At the time, I was studying to be a member of the Christian clergy. Obviously, I was not watching for the ancient Roman Gods. Now looking back, I wonder which God or Goddess protected that place and always made me feel so calm and clear of mind. This poem is about these thoughts.

During my formative days
a river flowed behind my house
many moments there I stood

On a sunny summers day
there watched time go by
so peaceful tranquil setting
makes one want everlasting high

This is the river I wonder
which Godly figure glorious in force
watch over this lovely sight
running round it's every bend
taking it's streaming tide along
this stream never to end

Many a walk I've took
along this silver ribbon
on a spring night
taking rest on wooden log
pondering
pondering
divine capability
which I now consider anew

These are such precious memories
one's that need kept in mind
so to be thankful always
for these moments always shined
and hark back to gods unnoticed
during days gone by
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Re: Ludi Piscatorii Poetry Contest (07-09 June)

Postby Lucius Aurelius Curio » Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:32 am

Salvete Omnes!

Thank you to all who participated in this year's Ludi Piscatorii! The competitions are now closed and the announcers will be announced in the next few days! I hope to see you all in the Ludi Apollinares in July!

Valete!

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