Gold and Innocents

The most powerful force in the world is deception.

There was a golden
aura around the earth,
a pure carat wealth,
the mother of all metals.
She hid her deposits of ore in stone,
and the river wound away,
carrying glittering waters
from its motherload.

At that time, the earth was innocent
and pure: only a garden between two lovers.
But evil entwined itself between them,
as a serpent bent on deception.
Lust for gold would grow in men’s hearts,
and they would drive their oxen,
lighting fires under them, to press them
on through the treacherous pass.

Emily Isaacson

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