Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Kneel until Your Knees Bleed: A Fable

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Kneel until Your Knees Bleed: A Fable

Article excerpt

Diodorus records a paradigm shift

of some importance, no importance really

if you were a person of little consequence,

a poet perhaps, but if a king your life

would be longer and more prosperous. Ergamanes,

King of Nubia, disdained the divine recall

of the gods, refusing as was custom

to take his own life when issued

a nullification decree by priests of the highest

standing, those few allowed to enter

the inner sanctum of the temple, their holy

of holies, practicing the daily rite of water

worship and sacrifice to the sun, given

the word of god that the king, his time,

his reign, finished on this earth, must

dispatch himself and give way to the next,

a sycophantic heir favored thus by god. …

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