Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Advanced Infection

It’s always a bad idea
To ignore barbarians.
They’re not at the gate
Until they’ve overrun all

The countryside near and far,
And usually, whatever
Sophistication they lack,

Or you think they lack,
They’ve reached your gate thanks
To some new technology
Of military value,

Horses, chariots, stirrups,
Crossbows, cannons, rifles, germs,
Gas, planes, robots, satellites,
That you haven’t yet mastered.

Population replacement
Is the fate of those
Relaxed enough to await
Barbarians at the gate.

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