Stanza 104


"The situation we encounter here
Is not the same, but we can engineer
A similar debacle for the foe
Who terrorizes all your people so.
We first must smuggle all of the supplies
That we will use to hasten the demise
Of the marines. The Christian enemy
Detests Allah, but will not willingly
Invade a mosque, so if you will consent
We will conceal from them the armament
We plan to use within this sacred site."
The mullah interrupts him with polite
Agreement to the warrior's overture,
"Of course you have permission to secure
The weapons in this place, but let me say,
Before continuing we should delay
Until the mayor of our village can
Be summoned to consider what you plan,
And while we wait for him, hear my appeal.
Please join my household for the evening meal."