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At the Gate   poem  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
This cute piece of propaganda helps citizens understand why the Empire limits travel and certain types of shipping.
Posted: 05/24/10      [1 Comment] ~ 53 words.
 

Stop and wait
At the gate:
Customs clerk
Is at work.

Livestock fleas?
Not here, please!
If they're sick,
It could stick.

Firewood?
That's no good.
Bugs can hide
Right inside.

Apple spots?
Here are lots!
If they spread,
Trees are dead.

Customs work
Dare not shirk:
When in doubt,
Throw it out!

Author's Notes

This poem came out of the May 12, 2010 Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from Valdary. The Empire has seen what can happen when parasites, diseases, and other pests get spread around -- so they try to teach people to be careful about prevention.

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