Sonnet 465

Yes was it so that then a mighty land
Surfeit with swords to raze a world wide;
Prodigious wealth that stood the grandest grand
And ships that sailed wherever rose a tide;
More powerful than Egypt’s lofty heights,
Haughtier than regal righteous Rome
And with a reach exceeding Persia’s might—
Did rule in fraud beneath an iron dome.
Contained therein a heart of leaded glass
Reflecting rays of guilt and vanity,
Rejecting truths that empires come to pass
Though icons litter sands eternally.
They worshipped canons of sage Cleisthenes,
Whose Xipos blade did drop them to their knees.

© Loubert S Suddaby. All Rights Reserved.

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