There Is War

by Samuel De Lemos

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There is a war
in my beard-

A battle between
black and white.

Oh, Hannibal
you led the
armies of
Carthage-

Against
the mighty
legions
of Rome.

I feel the same
every time
I look
in the mirror.

As white
overcomes
my beard-

I cry-
Hannibal
ad Portas-

quietly.