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Thus spoke Hybris


Aesop, Fables 533 (from Babrius 70) (trans. Gibbs) (Greek fables C6th B.C.):
"the gods were getting married. One after another, they all got hitched, until finally it was time for Polemos (War) to draw his lot, the last of the bachelors. Hybris (Reckless Pride) became his wife, since she was the only one left without a husband. They say Polemos loved Hybris with such abandon that he still follows her everywhere she goes. So do not ever allow Hybris to come upon the nations or cities of mankind, smiling fondly at the crowds, because Polemos (War) will be coming right behind her."
You are my enemy! I hate your guts!
Why, you ask? My government said I should
“For what reasons for your loathing me? What's
The justification? “- The common good!
“Should I reciprocate?” Doesn’t matter!
My government said that you are a threat.
“Your leaders are as ‘mad as a hatter’
And shouldn’t attempt folly they’ll regret.”
Preemptive measures are in store for you
And there's nothing –Nada, to prevent it.
“Arrogance has a price, this is our view.
And you’re overbearing prides and conceit
Will cost your country misery and dead.
This, foe, is what my government has said.”

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Luke Nolet More than 1 year ago
I like it
Gray Matter More than 1 year ago
thank you very much
Shalini Bisht More than 1 year ago
Fabulous work!
Albeej A More than 1 year ago
Thank you.
Eric Doan More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of "The Republic."
Gray Matter More than 1 year ago
thank you very much
Barbara Cadogan More than 1 year ago
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yvonne sensing More than 1 year ago
I agree
Elaine Kleid More than 1 year ago
It sounds a little scary, whatever the message is.
Albeej A More than 1 year ago
Thanks for commenting.
Alexander Lim More than 1 year ago
I am not sure where this belongs, but poetry, it sure isn't !!
Albeej A More than 1 year ago
Read it again!
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