bandits took from the little village
all they wanted
they rummaged
for coin and crops and
forced from women
as they took them

they killed the men
that resisted them
leaving their bodies
as a bloody warning

years passed like this
then one day one bandit
hit upon an idea
a looting systemisation

and from that day
they rode into town
just once each year

on the first day of spring
they took
all they wanted
freely given by the villagers
in exchange for peace

a tax
to the predator
now a parasite
living on the labor
of the industrious