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This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette as part of the May half-price sale. It belongs to the series Queen Choufa and the Rebel Drones, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.


"The Leader of the Rebel Drones Considers the Length of His Span"


To my sorrow,
I have outlived all my brothers
But one.
I have seen them
Grow old and die before me.
I have seen even my Queen
Grow old and slow, though she still lives.

But to my joy,
I have lived long enough
To see the snow come and go many times.
I have seen my daughters
And even my sons
Grow strong and industrious.
This is a grand new gift of time and life.

I do not know why the Ones Who Give Life
Have granted me so many seasons,
But I regret not a one of them.

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