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The Battle of Horns

                           Grazed in meadows and fields of green

                     Surrounded by mountains and waters serene

                               A forest so rich it filled every need

                        This was the home of the great horned steed

 

                        Up in the mountains, of more rock than flower

                         Lived another horned beast of untamed power

                                  The head of a bull, the torso of man

                                    Hooves for feet on which to stand

 

                                      But ages ago, generations past

                                       Peace in the valley did not last

                                       A feud broke out, a battle grew

                                                                                                         The horns they clashed, sparing few

 

And grew apart these two great races

To share no more equal spaces

Apart they stayed and time did pass

Till two came together in swaying grass

 

The day was long and the sun was hot

They found the hate hadn’t rot

The unicorn stomped, and nodded wildly

The minotaur stood and snorted mildly

 

The man-bull lowered, poised for attack

Placed hands in front and arched his back

The unicorn glared, scraped hoof to ground

Then silence intense for miles around

 

Up on hinds, he started to run

The ox man followed, the battle begun

Horns clashed as swords, brutal and fierce

Swift and sure, they found hide to pierce

 

The duel raged till twilight shone

With no champion declared, hope had grown

Useless they thought, this act of war

For each forgot what they fought for

 

 “Not kings nor land, not money nor wife,

Shouldn’t we fight for a better life?”

 “Aye, friends we’ll be, your kind and mine,

As brethren we’ll stay, for all our time.”

 

That is how it came to be known

Hate cast out and new roots grown

That day was seen a truce reborn

And laid to rest the Battle of Horns.