Sun Tzu's The Art of War: Chapter 13 - Employing Spies

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Not the best chapter in the book but an interesting one none the less. Another example of how to achieve a bloodless victory. There are none you punish more severely or reward more greatly. The fate of the spy...


the giraffe, he comes to me
seeking opportunity
show him what he’s meant to see
they don’t know what I have
the giraffe, the enemy
unsuspected treachery
a façade, magician’s sleeve
they don’t know what I lack
treaties are broken
weaknesses made to be revealed
a lover’s token
harness the agents of deceit
enter cities unchallenged
when Yen arose I-Chih was in Hsia
they’re at the gates, wake up
when Chou arose
Lu-Yu was in Yin
they’re on the walls, wake up
when Yin awoke
the chambermaids were absent
they’re on the streets, wake up
they’re in the court, wake up
they’re with king, wake up
the giraffe I search for these
heap rewards and give glory
grant access, intimacy
they don’t know where I’m at


from fireants, released May 1, 2009



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