Matthias Pantaleon

Freshman - 530 Points (August 24,1984 / Oronija Island, Nigeria)

Poor Ghost - Poem by Matthias Pantaleon

Ali was a royal guard
He waits on the emir
To him, service to the king
Is a higher calling

His best was rewarded
So Ali felt it was the height
Of ingratitude to lay
With the queen majesty

So she conspire with the head
Of guards to bear falsehood against Ali
The emir was disappointed
So were Ali’s kinsmen

They drag him through the streets of Dutse
Dead would not come
Alas, he was locked-up in a pit
Then starve to death

In his last moment
He ask the gods to show
Mercy to the queen majesty and bless the king
As much as his strength can endure

To him
A life of service is a higher calling
And to die in a selfless service
Is itself a greater service


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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