Friends at Zama

from by Cole Bee Wilson

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A dialogue between Hannibal and Scippio Africanus.


We met early in the morning
you were radiant and young
and I knew that you were the one
who'd finally come to end my war

My wild beasts
they all turned against me
what could I do but look on as you
turned the only life I ever knew into
hot rotten death

You gathered up our fleet
and you burned them in the bay
so half crazy splitting at the sides
and shedding white hot lightning tears
from my one wild eye
but I didn't blame you
no I didn't blame you

We met early in the morning
an invincible ghost
come down from the mouth of Hell
to sink your teeth deep into our throats

My father and his brother
were swallowed in your wrath
lost in the bath of limbs newly hacked
I was one of the few who barely made it back
and time crept past

Now I've ghosts all my own
I've set them on your home
through blood and broken bone
I've finally found you
I've finally found you

We met early in the morning
I spared your life
you let my city live
and in the time that passed
I spoke in your defense
I took your warning on the run
My life stopped making sense
I hid my name beneath a stone

Oh ungrateful fatherland thou hast not even my bones


from H. THUNDERBOLT, released March 1, 2016



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