Taking the Knee (Back)
“a veteran knight without
a kingdom to fight for”
– An old friend
Chivalry ain’t dead, but it’s been creeping
continental drift towards the kingdoms
in broken worlds—every edge a symptom,
every value begged but then found boring
next to mercenary-peddlers breathing
vows of suspect fealty to become
they always were: the price, the willful sum,
the chosen vice that’s left us, everyone,
Arthur’s calling audibles in graves;
Neruda’s wondering what there is to save.
Face the facts (squire of my heart): You’re more
than tourneys for a bit of silk, than scores
that qualify your fells and falls. You are
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Joseph – As always, I’m in awe of your stories, word choice, and ability to connect to your audience. The title brings it foursquare into today’s climate. Love “Arthur’s calling audibles in graves” and who can turn away from Neruda? Looking forward to what comes next.
Thank you, Sylvia!! And for such depth to your response. No idea where that came from today, but I do find it “funny” how trends in emotion and content crop up among LexPoMo participants every year. General malaise and courtly references in effect today.
This is a poem that truly rewards the reader. So many gorgeous gems, here. Thank you, Joseph, as always, for sharing heart-stopping work. <3
Your age of knights and knowledge of the importance that line breaks can give to poetry is powerful in this…