54711 - Marais des Cygnes

N. Lygeros
Translated from the Greek by Athina Kehagias

Prior to the war, barbarism struck the innocent.
It did not want the abolition of slavery and those who encouraged it constituted an obstacle to its dark aim.
Consequently, thirty barbarians went up the river in order to arrest eleven innocent people.
Thereafter they went to the Marais des Cygnes and set them up against the firing squad, as if they were convicts, although they had never participated in hostilities.
There, the militia of barbarism shot them down mercilessly, merely because they wanted the abolition of slavery.
They had nothing to gain, they were ordinary people who could not accept the barbaric exploitation of their fellow human beings.
They all fell, and the song of the swans was heard.
The barbarians left them lay dead without paying any attention to their bodies.
That is how an innocent one survived…
After a while he got up, and when he saw all of his dead friends around him, he realized that this was merely the beginning of a struggle against barbarism.
They buried their own as best as they could, they prayed for them, and they looked up at the sky above Marais des Cygnes.
He was became red himself.
He felt deep inside him the wound left by barbarism, and decided upon giving the battle of his life.