Fortification -/- Generals

12:9
Fortification

If borders left unguarded
Sophisticated nations fail

Supercitadels blend heroic garrisons
With plentiful supplies

Massive castles easily defendable
Decay enemy courage

Exquisite fortresses merely rubble
Without excellent inmates

***

Height, strength, width, inaccessibility:
Characterize important citadels

Fortified features demotivate aggressors;
Impregnability, defendability, stockpiles

Water, elevation, firewood:
Defence’s veritable essentials


12:10
Generals

Surfing battle’s intense obscurities
Intelligent generals thrive

If commanders acting ignorantly
Excellent troops useless

Gigantic battalions exist ephemerally
Without competent leadership

Whereas archers unleash arrows
Generals focus armies

***

Wise, courageous, fatherly, subursine:
Define favourite commanders

Unscrupulousness, impetuousness, cowardice, vanity:
Stains feckless officers

Energy, speed, resolution, foresight:
Envelop excellent generals

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