the Sicarii were in their prime:
an offshot of the Zealots
and unlike Jesus, peace was not what they preached
for they are also known as the Dagger Men,
the sultry streets of Judea their home
loathing soldiers and followers of Rome.
They carried knives under robes
and stabbed their enemies
in broad daylight then mingled
in the crowd feigning outrage
committing mass suicide in a cave
before equally brutal Romans came
and now few people remember their name.