Extreme revanchism row with neighbours:
no statutory nuisance laws back then;
no one issued an abatement notice.
He was ‘the Brave’ – at war with the Hyksos.
It’s amazing what lack of sleep can do.
They just snapped over his noisy hippos.
A desire to cull turned to lust to kill.
We’ve all been maddened by a noisy pool.
The disturbance carried on the night air,
travelling from Thebes, up to Avaris.
Then his younger son captured their city,
almost twenty years into his own reign.
A little bit of poolside decorum
may have prevented an execution.
Users of swimming pools should roar quietly,
to avoid the fate of Seqenenre.