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  I Ghengis
by Robin Ouzman Hislop
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
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King of all men,
Ruler of the universe
Crossed the Steppes.

I took the vow of anger,
An orphan my gift to my
Warlord father was a sable fur.

Together with my blood brother
My power increases by heaven & earth,
Our twin leadership.

A true leader must show his worth
For men follow but a strong leader.
Like the wolf I endure,

As by virtue of birth alone
A great warrior is not born.
Then the day of the Shaman,

A prophecy from the hidden worlds,
That I would rule the surface of the world
& my blood brother would ride against me.

High on the plateau he ambushed me,
Boiled my generals alive. I vowed then
To end vendetta & unite the tribes.

On the eve of the battle,
I ordered each of my men
To light five fires.

More than the stars in the sky,
My archers & cavalry were relentless,
My blood brother fled the heart of the battle.

His generals, as those of Cyrius,
Delivered him into my hands & I
As Alaxander dealt with them the same,

Only a King may slay a King.
He asked a noble death that spilt
No blood & I broke his back.

I Ghengis Khan,
Universal King & Ruler of men
Cross the Gobi Desert.

A handful of dust came to an empire
as vast as the sea, who thought
I could be bought & sold as they.

The greatest joy of man
Is to take your enemy's riches,
Ride his horses, have his women.

Days were my siege, I scaled all walls,
I plundered, burnt & raped,
I spawned every woman delivered me.

More than the sword, I wanted my people
to live in beautiful tents on rich pastures,
I wanted to leave them a word.

I sent ambassadors west for trading routes,
When the Persian King returned one of their heads
I invaded & inflicted the punishment of God.

I annihilated until the streets ran greasy with their fat.
I sought the elixir of immortal life for it was too short
to conquer the world, which I left for my sons to do.

I am Genghis Khan the greatest conqueror the world
has ever known. The secret of my success as my fall,
only my death, my tomb concealed evermore.


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Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/4/2006
The leader of the pack MUST be the alpha wolf. We learn from this that blood brothers must not wage war against one another, but to work together in building a strong leadership. We live in Ghengis Khan's world today even though he has been dead for centuries. Does man not learn he cannot rape, plunder, and burn to become a well-respected human being? Our world is full of this baneness! This type of human, male or female will never conquer any land, not even the soil under which they are buried. A story from so long ago, Robin but a truth to the story of life as we live it today. I will help to break the pattern if you will and she will and he will and they will, and together, we all will!

Sage
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 1/4/2006
Wow...sure to be a classic...and reads like one.
Well done.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 1/3/2006
You captured the theme very well. Enjoyed.

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