The equivalence of War

What is a battle
but the serving
of self
to another.
Willful loss of mind
for the pleasure
of a distant
mirage of ruler
The two warring
opposite in sides
but one
in all else.

The prompt for Day 24 of NaPoWriMo 2017 is to write a poem of ekphrasis inspired by the marginalia of medieval manuscripts. Mine is inspired by this rather striking and haunting art:

Image result for medieval manuscript marginalia

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