When I see

When I see kingdoms rise and empires fall.
The pillars of the earth succumbed to rust.
There is a certainty about it all,
That everything will fade and turn to dust.
Young men will fight to stake their claim and try,
Usurp all others, who stand in their way.
And boast about their deeds but can’t defy,
The sad and creeping loss to life’s decay.
Death is but life’s soliloquy, with just
The simple truths of life; it cannot lie.
Have any use of honour, power or lust,
For all before it in the end must die.
Death is the moment, without pomp or woe,
Where the weary are laid to rest below.

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