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Den of Snakes - An Arabesque

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

A tyrant of a cruel, hot land

Would hold his audience,

and to each supplicant command

he bow before a den of snakes,

and leaving – unfulfilled – he bow again.

The obvious intent was threat;

Yet in this act he sowed a revolution's seed,

such that,

when he cowered in his lowest halls,

in fear behind deserted walls,

those that seized him marched him to the pit

and threw him in.

And this episode

made the revolution grand –

until the bread grew scarce again,

and the liberators grew like him.

And Bedouins would say, when they decamped,

“The world is repetition, words, and sand"

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