David Durgin & Marcus Valerius Martialis
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Compound Impotence


It’s been so long since you last achieved erection;

No matter how you struggle, there’s no exception.


Aphrodisiacs don’t help at all:

No vegetable concoction prevents that fall.


Now virgin cheeks succumb to your riches,

But that goad too leaves you limp in your britches.


Who could believe or accept such a shift:

That you pay to stiffen and instead get stiffed?

 


Martial III, lxxv


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