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sw*itch - Red II ~ 14FEB22

Updated: Apr 23


the army battalions stand

in their most resplendent array

and in numbers ne'er seen afore

their reddest banners unfurled

R E S O L U T E

is the signal

for both enemy and ourselves


and lo the General's encampment

set unabashedly to the front

outfit in richest leathers

and country's treasured tapestries:

their steeled will replete


well slept and clear eyes look to the fore

settling the matter to its conclusion

with clarifying stratagem,

afront and aright

a sleight of hand to the same

and torch and standard bearer’s state

R E A D Y


the leader steps forward

signaling his claim with

torches crossed and a third in a circle

H E R E


he shouts mightily to the horizon ahead


"I am he of infinite patience

that has waited in strength in

building silently

this army unconquerable.


I lay claim with no right than this:

who has wanted this more

who has tempered its desire

and applied the knowledges of heaven and earth

toward it?

I will want nothing else, but this..."


the torches drop and banners raise

he affixes his helm

his lieges do the same


the torches brightened as they drop upon pyres

the soldiers ready

same fire in their eyes reflected

jaws firmed

their foot in unison afore

and the ground responds


the General to the front

drawing his sword in measured and tempered step

raised it to the heavens

then leveled forward


the dragon's horn blows

the legions step ahead

the foundation of the earth shifts

and is irrevocably changed

- February 14th, 2022



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