Twin desert moons o’er dunes of endless sand
Upon the desert sweep their moonlit glare.
Rare pinnacles of stone throughout that land
Pin-prick the sand-locked oceans here and there.
Mute Fremen travel on a mighty worm
Upon their Shai-Hulud, whose wormsign track
Across the desert cleaves raging sand-storm –
Whose winds ensure no passing Maker track
Remains. The sands swept clean. Here Fremen live
In freedom perilous. Yet theirs to gain
An Eden out of Arrakis, to give
Unto their children’s progeny. Explain
Once more: how one traps moisture from the air,
How one survives by still-suit, how by day
One sleeps. At night, how one cautious may fare
From sietch to sietch. How long? Liet would say:
Your children’s children’s children – they may see
Fruition of the things we dreamed and planned.
Though Liet’s dead, these things shall come to be!
Maud’Dib has spoken! When he stretched his hand
He seized empire! House Corinno fell!
Atreides from her ashes rose again!
The phoenix does again her story tell
Speaking to us the legends of its fame:
How once prepared pure spices on its pyre
She did ascend its pinnacle to die –
Self-immolation by the solar fire:
She is consumed to ashes utterly!
Then miracle regenerates this bird
Out of from ashes! So the Maker’s spice
Restored the House Atreides and spurred
The Jihad! Overthrowing in a trice
Galactic empires. For the spice must flow
So that imperial government won’t fail.
From Arrakis a new empire will grow.
By prescience do mankind’s futures sail
Just like a Maker on the sands of Time
Shaping the future course of destiny.
So Paul Maud’Dib by his visions sublime
Foresaw the path for all humanity.
The Emperor sees the path. But will he choose
The Golden Path across the trackless sands
Of Time? His Empire: shall it stand to loose
Its way? To be derailed by demands
Of fickle forces opposing its sway?
Can men long the imperial rule endure?
Quizarate law is harsh: no other way
Exists to force submission as the cure.
Maud’Dib might depart into trackless sands –
Yet his Empire survived. And yet it stands.