A Saga Timeless
By Arya Utsa Varma
Posted on August 1, 2023
Cover Image Title: Flying Dreams
Cover Image by: Mirai Matsui
Specifications: 2284 x 1974 pixels, 72 dpi
Justice sweet, oh justice sour,
A bloody clock ticks down the hours
Which we live - and those far gone
Will find no comfort passing on,
To leave a drifting world so sheer
That deafens ears to songs of fear.
So say your prayers to gods of old,
Their judge’s gavel strikes so cold
On shoulders of the ones who dare
To walk our streets and breathe our air,
The jury sings the gallows’ song
Where only innocents belong,
And laugh at those who dare to look
Upon the burning of the book.
Stone statues great who we behold
Dark sagas sung, dark stories told
To those we wish to turn the tide;
Yet first to fire is first to hide.
And as the raven Rue does fly
She sings to all her warning cry
For the air is thick with blood and smoke,
Where eyes are closed as virtues choke.
We have history, you and I,
So tell me now, and tell me why
Our fight goes on, our blood is shed
Until the earth is stained a deep red?
My crown is such a price to pay
It shall be mine until the day
When fields bear flowers and not the slain,
Should we break free from chains of pain.
Yet such a time has never come-
The sweetest thing to be is numb
In a world we taint with death
And cruelty with every breath;
My depraved wish, my throne of vanity
Is but the curse of Humanity.
In today’s world, prevalent issues like racism, police brutality, religious separatism, and a great many more cause several communities of people to face undue discrimination. This often appears as unjust legal treatment, hate crimes, and social biases; all of which are largely perpetuated by those with privilege. A Saga Timeless speaks about how human greed, vanity, and shortsightedness often lead to injustice and harm, in a world where the underserved are forced to live under the boot of the elite. This piece also deals with the complexity of human nature and desire for power in contrast with an altruistic ideal.
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[Writing Editor: Kimberly Nguyen]