The Fulfillment

they’d drilled themselves in
anger
hatred   and
strategy

I always thought that it would
finally pass
that they were giddy with
misconceptions and bad
instruction

I always thought it would finally
pass

I listened to the charges against me
knowing some   of them to be true
but certainly not
important enough
to become the targets of
violence, envy,
vengeance

I always thought it would finally
pass

I commandeered no
defenses
thinking that the gentleness of easy
reason
might save us
all

but the workings against me
strengthened–
low games began–
even then
I summed it up as headstrong, over-
zealous
energy

but the moment I have ground
more ground was
taken

lord, I thought, it’s just simple
viciousness

and   so I trotted my horses
out of the stables
sharpened my knives and
began the
counter-attack

they’d finally found
as good an enemy as could be
found

their consistency demanded their
destruction

they’d found their
boy
I mounted my steed
sword ready and out
ready even for the sun ha
ha!

they’d always wanted war
I’d bring them their wish
love be damned now
as love was   damned when it
first arrived

my gentleness would   now be gone
from their sight
forever

and the blood
would show

hers and mine

just as she desired
it.