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The Emperor, and the holy man

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The Emperor, and the holy man

The Emperor and the holy man

Once, a long, long time ago
There lived an Emperor
He had conquered half the world
He couldn’t be worshipped more
And everyone within his realm
They done what he did say
For each knew that to disobey him
Could mean his dying day.

One day this Emperor did decide
To sail to India
He’d heard about those holy men
And the tales in him did stir
A lot of curiosity 
He decided he would go
And find one, then bring him back home
He had a need to know.

Romanda was a holy man
He’s deeds were legendary
He never wore no clothes at all
And everyone could see
That he was someone very special
Many had seen his power
And they knew that time with him
Could bring one’s soul to flower

The Emperor sent some men to find
That holy man, did he
He told them bring that Guru back
Deliver him to me
So off they went to do his will
But Romando he refused
He said your man must come to me
Those soldiers were confused!

The Emperor, he was upset 
He found that holy man
He offered him jewels and, and money too
And he did not understand
When our hero turned him down again
He drew his sword on him
It didn’t look good for the holy man
That Emperor looked grim!

Romanda told the Emperor
“My friend, chop off my head
If this is what you’re bound to do
But you won’t kill me dead
I left this body years ago
You cannot kill what’s not
Oh, you may kill this shell I’m in
But that’s not worth a lot.

He said ‘why do you conquer
Don’t you know, it’s a disease?
When you have conquered everything
Will you then be at ease
Put your sword away, my friend
Don’t be so childish now
Know you a man who says he’s great
He really has no power”.

The Emperor was beaten by
A naked, unarmed man
The great man? Stood there foolishly
He did not understand
How this man was unafraid
He’d never glanced within
Great Emperors, they only know
The mind and all its din.

12 September 2013@1835hgrs.

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  1. Date: 9/25/2013 6:22:00 AM
    - I looked into the past winners list .. where I found this .... a second place!! - Well deserved!! - CONGRATULATIONS,PETER !!! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/25/2013 3:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Anne-Lise, so kind of you...Peter
  1. Date: 9/25/2013 4:25:00 AM
    Congrats on the win in the contest, Peter

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/25/2013 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Doc...peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 6:43:00 PM
    That is some epic Peter, congratulations on your well deserved win xxx

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 7:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Rose, so nice of you to read my stuff....peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:48:00 PM
    Congrats on the super win, my friend!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 7:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Andrea, your comments arte like honey to me....peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:47:00 PM
    superb Peter well written congrats on win in epic contest Shadow x smile

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 7:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Shadow, your comments are always welcome...peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:41:00 PM
    Peter you are a wonderful and brilliant poet. congrats on your win................. Love~SKAT~

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 7:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Skat, a great compliment you paid me here: this is truly appreciated....Peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 3:39:00 PM
    nicely penned Peter, it makes for a great read....congrats on your win :)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 7:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Sandra, I appreciate....Peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 1:01:00 PM
    Symbolic and philosophical poem. Congrats on your win Peter. G.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 3:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so Much Giorgio...Peter
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 11:31:00 AM
    Peter, :)Congratulations!!! Thanks for supporting my EPIC contest with this amazing deep imagery. Exactly what I was looking for. If you'd like:-) stop by my latest poem ""In The Stars"" OR my latest blog! " Wartime Memories " at -----> http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_blogs/blog_detail.aspx?BlogID=15948&PoetID=18720 always & forever **LINDA

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/24/2013 3:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Linda. I nearly stopped doing contests because my knowledge of poetry is so limited and I get too many NAs after I enter a contest. I'm so glad I didn't now. I will stop by your site [always do anyway] Have a wonderful day...peter
  1. Date: 9/17/2013 12:08:00 AM
    Love story's like this,,,,,, you may kill this shell I’m in, But that’s not worth a lot. nice line I read Grimm Fairy Tales to my grand- daughter last night.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/17/2013 3:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Debbie, This was based on a true story about Napolean, And I loved it, so I rewrote it. Thanks for your visit to my site....Peter
  1. Date: 9/12/2013 2:44:00 PM
    I ENJOYED THAT READ PETER YOU GOT A SMILE

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 9/12/2013 3:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Liam...Peter