Nero Tolerance

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Here I sit in tatty toga

Jeering on my hired swords

Letting loose my local ogre

On the undeserving hordes

Tuning up my feeble fiddle

I decide the felons' fate

Barbecue them on a griddle

Clap their hands and amputate

This is what I call a circus

Wolves are waiting at the door

Ready to rip up the shirkers

Dining out upon the poor

Emperor and vigilante

I'm a populist with teeth

Dribbling in my warm Chianti

Sitting on my moral wreath