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Lost Army of Cambyses

Lost Army of Cambyses

written by: Mark Kodama


There once was a shepherd boy named Magid
Who lived in the mountains of Iran.
But Magid did not want to raise sheep.
He wanted to lead armies in battle.
I will, he said.

Cyrus the Great became the king of the Persian Empire
His armies defeated the Medes, Babylonians and Lydians.
But King Cyrus wanted more.
He wanted to rule the known world.
I will, he said.

The great King and his army were destroyed
On the Russian steppes.
His son Cambyses wanted to be
Greater than his father.
I must, he said.

King Cambyses lead his army
Into Egypt and defeated the Egyptians.
But the priests at Siwa
Refused to call him Pharaoh,
They will, he said.

King Cambyses ordered Majid
To lead an army of 50,000
To capture Siwa
And humble the priests.
I will, he said.

Majid and his army marched
Seven days across the wasteland
To Oasis, the last outpost before Siwa.
His veteran army prepared
For a march across the desert.

The Bedouin guides urged
Majid to turn back before
It was too late.
When he refused, the guides disappeared.
We cannot, he said.

At noon a great sand storm struck
While the army took their meal.
The army of 50,000 men
Vanished beneath the sand,
Never to be seen again.

Mark Kodama

Mark Kodama

Mark Kodama is a trial attorney and former newspaper reporter who lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons. He is currently working on Las Vegas Tales, a work of philosophy, sugar-coated with meter and rhyme and told through stories. More than 150 of his short stories, poems and essays have been published in anthologies, including those published by Black Hare Press, Clarendon Publishing House, Eerie River Publishing, Escaped Ink Press and Devil’s Party Press. His stories and poems have appeared in Writers and Readers Magazine, the Academy of Hearts and Mind Magazine, Café Lit, Commuter Lit, Dastaan World Magazine, Dissident Voice, Jakob’s Horror Box, Indie’s Nest, Inner Circle Writers’ Group Magazine, Literary Yard, Magazine of History and Fiction, Mercurial Stories, Portland Metrozine, Potato Soup Journal, PPP Ezine, Spillwords, Tuck Magazine and World of Myths Magazine. His stories and poems appear in Ancients, Apocalypse, Blaze, Cadence, Unravel, Dragon Bone Soup, Enigma, Fox Hollow Stories, Glamour, Hate, Tall Tales and Short Stories, Gleam, Fireburst, Latin Anthology, Maelstrom, Pride, Tempest and What Sort of Fuckery Is This? “Land of the Pharaohs” won Story of the Month at World of Myths and “The Summer Camp” appears in Potato Soup Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1 (Best of).
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