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The Destruction of the Sea-People

A mighty kingdom o’er mountains north  
Tales of its treasure spread widely forth  
Yet coveting bounty from the land below  
Mysterious riches for those in the know
 
A humble village nestled next to the sea  
Ruled by none but their own humility    
Possessing a prize world-over renown’d  
Honored in secret where secrets abound  
 
Begrudging the people their loyalty  
The Ruler consumed by his royalty  
Nefarious planning far into each night  
Blinded by greed ever-eager to fight  
 
Peaceful villagers fell swiftly as expected  
Slaughter’d innocence mercy neglected  
Assumption assured a reward most grand!  
Pompous parade across bloodied land  
 
Soldiers searched Death’s ghosted halls  
Finding war’s profit behind crumbled walls  
Expecting to uncover vast precious gold  
Payment for greedy souls they’d just sold  
 
Discov’ring instead a plain wooden box  
Containing a single scroll and no locks  
Retrieving it gingerly from its silk bed  
“Love One Another” was all that it said  
Written by LunaGreyhawk
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Author's Note
Written for the She Walks In Beauty competition and inspired by Lord Byron’s “The Destruction of Sennacherib”

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43827/the-destruction-of-sennacherib
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