Torn Illustrated Page
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An old yellowed sheet of paper with on of its edges ripped off. You assume it’s a page torn of an old book.
The page is adorned with an illustration of a minotaur ploughing a field, in colorful blue and gold ink..
An poem is written in red ink below the illustration. It is written in a language foreign to you, but the letters shift as you focus your eyes, making the piece of parchment legible..
It’s an ode to field work, rather than carousing:.
“Wild oats! What use is there in that? What makes
a man himself is well worked usefulness
in fields of help and aid and produce made.
Well tended, these halls maybe rows become
at whim of Master. Fertile fields extend
with hoof-trod handiwork, well-roofed with sky,
through halls of wheat and corn and oat that not
a Perses, dull, could stand to leave untilled.
The readied field willed good, not wild, by hand.”