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The Fall of the Great Warrior

Vengeance is Ours (The New Yorker)SAMUEL MORI

The warrior great in his battle gear,
An axe, a bow, a mighty spear
He stood proud and bloody and tall,
For at his feet did many fall

The hausman fire burned bright that night
And they sang of the warrior’s courage and might
A beast in battle, oh that could be
That the enemy clans could clearly see

The next day dawned bright and pure,
And on the field they readied for war
The earth shook at his fierce war cry
And the enemy trembled, their end drew nigh

They attacked as a crowd, no man alone
Sparing not their spears nor arrows and stones,
The sting of death drew a crimson red flood
His proud warrior headdress lay soaked in blood

For all that night the lit fires remained dim,
As if all the spirits had departed with him,
The sorrowful tales the men they now tell,
Of the day the mighty highlands warrior fell


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Michael Dom

Quite possibly Phil.

Philip Fitzpatrick

I'm trotting along following your comments on all these poems Michael.

Looking at them again, one after the other, they are quite impressive.

I wonder whether an anthology of the ones you are zeroing in on is a possibility.

Michael Dom

Some good material you are investigating Samuel.

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