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Poetry By: Shweta

A saga of Spartans warriors led by the King Lionidas.

Submitted:Sep 16, 2011    Reads: 1,185    Comments: 9    Likes: 3   

The 300 Spartans

Hardened by the practice of Agoge,

The child fought to live,

To be a true Spartan,

He raised an army of 300,

To fight the long barbarism of Xerexes.

No prisoners, no mercy!

Xerexes, who called himself,

The God of Gods, the King of Kings,

The great warlords, the Xerexes.

Had an incalculable army to combat the 300,

All but merely slaves who followed orders.

No prisoners, no mercy!

And the amateur Arcedians,

Who were ready to bleed,

To show Lionidas, who they were.

Fathers, sons, brethrens,

Conglomerated together fought bravely.

No prisoners, no mercy!

For Sparta, for its glory, for its honor,

They did what they were to do,

What they were trained to do,

What they were bred to do,

What they were born to do.

No prisoners, no mercy!

Xerexes's order to surrender was denied,

He sent an army of mortals one by one,

To be killed at the hands of Spartans.

Just a spear and a shield,

Spartans take everything and give nothing.

No prisoners, no mercy!

Xerexes sent mortals, immortals,

When flesh failed, he sent magic.

When everything failed, he conspired,

A treachery to lure the grotesque Ephialtes.

Unable to lift the shield, was rejected by Lionidas.

No prisoners, no mercy!

Ephialtes, succumbed to the pleasures of concubines and wealth,

Offered by the shrewd barbarian Xerexes,

Ephialtes unveiled the secret plan of Lionidas,

Knowing this Lionidas's heart was broken,

Yet he didn't give up, didn't surrender.

No prisoners, no mercy!

Spartans don't retreat, don't surrender.

But the coward Arcadians retreated,

Few among 300, who didn't retreat,

Fought the battle in the name of Sparta,

Sacrificed their blood to the glory of Sparta.

No prisoners, no mercy!

Dilios, who was sent to Sparta,

To spread the glory and sacrifice of Spartans,

"Remember us" was the simple order

And hope of Lionidas, and Dilios echoed,

"We'll fight till the Xerexes meet his death."

No prisoners, no mercy!


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