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The King Is Silent

The King Is Silent

Tossing and turning in the vine
Of where there used to be flowers 
and wine
With children playing and singing the 
song
And busy mothers in sonorous tone

The vine was calm and all was pure
In our tranquil and peaceful grandeur
Like the night when angels fly
Fluttering and waving and cooling 
the land

Alas!! A voice we hear from afar
The mist of blood all spread abroad
The mothers are wailing,the fathers 
are weak
The children are dying ,some taken 
away
The land that was green now full of 
red
The blood of humans all full the vine.

"Lets go see our king" they said
Perhaps he's wailing his eyes away
Or has summoned his aides to fight 
a war
In tears of hope we walked  to him
Our veritable lord and master of all

Alas!!!we saw our lord and god
The second to the deity,our guard 
and shield 
Sleeping and snoring,snoring and 
sleeping
Whats hope have we who came for 
succour
From the one whom the gods has 
placed the staff
To guide and lead us to our rest 
Behold all sobbing,"our hope is lost".



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