David Durgin & Marcus Valerius Martialis

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