The Schoolboy's Triumph

I spent the next day on the beach at Lido di Castelfusano,
not as attractive as the Baltic beaches, but with the waves
crashing on the exotic black sand.
The day after, we drove over - in our student team 1 -
to explore the capital of Italy: no longer hitchhiking,
but first by suburban train and then by metro.

My companions - with traditional tourist interests -
dragged me to the famous Roman palaces - where I would highlight
the spiral columns of Bernini and the frescoes of Michelangelo.
Then, there were of course the Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain.
Only when we separated, I could enter with solemn impatience
the Roman Forum, almost empty at that time.

I entered there somewhere near three characteristic columns,
that remained after the temple of Castor and Pollux.
Somewhat disappointed at this how the time treated this place,
I was satisfied with the fulfillment of one of my pupil's dreams.
At home, the father (who had a legal education) was practicing
his Latin more than once, quoting legal maxims of Roman jurists.

I have just set foot where these maxims were born.


1 the action is taking place in the late 80s during a hitchhiking trip across Europe