Qin Shi Huang Di

By: Steven Tao Zheng


Twelve bronze giants guard E Pang palace

Their shadows since faded from tumult and malice

August Emperor who swallowed kingdoms of seven

By a blood-filled ritual of desecration


How many men have bloodied their hands

To fall dismembered under cruel commands

To carve a necropolis to their pitiful death

To build a wall until their final breath


How many scrolls with words of gold

Words of wisdom traditions old

Piled in heaps beside bodies buried alive

Diffused in smoke all thought-deprived


Your lavish tomb inlaid with flawless pearls

Winding rivers rush with quicksilver swirls

You filled the underworld with anguished souls

Silenced by soldiers armed with triggered bows





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