The Writer squared off with The Swordsman
The Writer came armed with a pen
The Swordsman of course had his sword
“The pen is mightier than the sword!” The Writer decreed and wrote a poem about it.
The Swordsman laughed and cut off The Writer’s head
and picked up the pen
crossed out the poem
and wrote out his grocery list
but what The Swordsman didn’t know was that The Writer
had written this very thing one day before
and this very thing would last in poetry textbooks for more than two hundred years
while the skills and kills of The Swordsman would decay to Nirvana
as the souls would come back down and try again
a few good Swordsmen came back as bad Writers
a few bad Writers came back as good Swordsmen.