They have come to conquer.
Those thirsty to discover us
have come to conquer royal lands,
arriving on our territory
clothed as curious allies.
They coax to leave their mark.
They investigate every nook and cranny,
every specialty, love and indifference.
They insist that’s what good comrades do:
exposing confidences, weapons and flaws;
turning into each other’s blind spot,
dangerous fifteenth cousin.
But, really, it’s reconnaissance
-preparation for the opportune moment,
an investment in friendly fire.
They go off into the sunset
those thirsty to discover us,
happy to have changed us,
leaving their flags planted
on our purple hills.
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