The Reprise of the Enduring
Strike me from all sides
And I shall rise again.
In my heart I bear a timeless flame
that thirsts for the honor begone.
Bind me with your laws
whip me harsh with prejudice
Acrid tongues may burn me -
Yet I will come and live unscathed.
I shall rise from where you hurl me
Robed in Endurance.
For tempered steel will strike for sure
far more than untouched blades.
No taste for dominion I bear
No taste for hegemony
I seek to claim my rightful honor -
my place to live in peace.
In wakefulness, I will prevail
Until I reach that realm.
Unshaken I shall willfully await
sheathed in the glove of Time.