This poem was submitted by Aditya Rao. He used the submission form to send the poem he wrote directly to The Ministry of Poetic Affairs.
By Aditya Rao
I’d defend to the death—till final breath—
Catenary qualms and old life-choices;
And ask for poisoned alms from partial palms—
Near deaf to discord of vengeful voices;
And two-edged sword on whetstone I’d yet hone—
Till one of us remaining rejoices.