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  137.     

Conclave (senryu)

Meeting of like minds
progeny of will compels
future undaunted
 
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  138.     

Cowboy Balladier (haiku)

Cowboy balladier
Memories rising like smoke
Sad songs, fire and stars
 
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  139.     

Culloden Moor,16 Apr 1746

Face to the wind in bitter cold
Beards crusted with ice
Gray eyes steeled in fierce rebellion
No foreign blade to master
The proud beating of a stout Highland heart.

The kilted clans had banned together
MacDonald and Fraser, Cameron and Stewart
A Bonnie Prince to lead them
Outnumbered, yet undaunted
Flags defiantly unfurled
A shaft of courage to drive sweet freedom
Home.

The bagpipe sounds its thrilling tune
The ranks in line of tartan shield
English cannon pounding
From generation to generation
Father and son
Kinsman and brother
A slow steady advance and

Charge!

Across the sodden moor
Broadswords waving
Over the blood-stained ground
A gallant fight of hand-to-hand
And death
At last succumbing
An hundred years and more…

No more.

The final thrust of grim Fate’s story
Here
Upon a Scots grave field of
Honor.
 
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  140.     

Dance Of The Wounded Heart

Tread lightly through the forest branch
Quiet wanderer,
Disturb not the sleeping peace of cunning predator.
Too soon the hunter’s horn will sound the death-knell
of your tender breed.

Lap quickly the nourishing drops that flow in freshets
from a careless spring,
Tarry not long to quench your thirst
Lest your brittle life be fast extinguished
In the hungry jaws of the lurking beast.

Fly, fly at the sound of crackling leaf
The scent of death upon the air.
Stay not, wide-eyed in frozen fear
To gaze upon a shadow poised
with outstretched arm.

One second lost and fire and thunder
shall rip the dark
Fly, fly
Let not your russet coat be splayed with blood
And tacked upon an unworthy wall—

Tribute to the victor’s
Indifferent hand
Your proud rack hanging
By a wire and a screw.


(Previously published in ken*again, May 2001)
 
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