On a voyage across the Aegean Sea,
Julius Caesar was kidnapped in 75 BC.
Cilician pirates held him prisoner there
In the Dodecanese islet of Pharmacusa’s lair.
He maintained a good attitude of superiority and cheer,
Throughout his captivity, he had no fear.
The pirates demanded twenty talents of gold,
Or so they thought Caesar would be sold.
Caesar insisted he was at least fifty talents worth,
So the pirates raised the ransom, what nerve?
The ransom was payed indeed,
And Julius Caesar was freed.
Caesar then raised a mighty fleet,
The pirates knew they were dead meat.
Caesar caught captain and crew on deck.
Later they were all hung by the neck.
Written by Louis van Niekerk on 12 August 2009
This is a form of epic poetry. Epic poetry is a genre of poetry, and a major form of narrative literature. It recounts, in a continuous narrative, the life and works of a heroic or mythological person or group of persons.