A Very Secure Fortress November 20th, 2015


This short poem was originally written as a response to a writing prompt.

You work for a company that builds lairs for villains, with small defects so heros can get in. One villain's lair has been successfully keeping out heros and your sent to investigate.

The fortress wall
was vastly tall
but ledges there were plenty.

Our secret lairs
had hidden stairs
and blind spots from the sentry.

The heroes tried
to get inside
just like we had designed it.

We hid our gold
and things untold
where they would surely find it.

The treasure room
stood cast in gloom
across the flagstone floor.

As they drew near
our fault was clear.
We hadn't built a door.

Written by Richard Mitton,

software engineer and travelling wizard.

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