Crusader Girl

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Ummm, written decades ago after my second fiance' decided that she didn't like streams of invading army ants (Siafu), and decided not to joint me in Africa (or ever). Alas... a lovely lady, not fated to be mine.

Crusader Girl


Lady, there it is you stand
in all determined strength,
like a Gothic column,
and pierce me with fervent, fevered eyes,
fanatically seeking Jerusalem.

Lady, I ain't it.
And if you're attuned at all
you'll catch the sparkle off my bubble
girdled 'round my space;
a turreted, crenellated wall of trouble.

Sister, sweetly push off
in your charged-up horsepower:
Take that compact steel from your hand.
You're a long way from Avignon,
and further from the Holy Land.

Your colorful and bannered pavilion
-- go pitch in someone else's living room;
it scuffs the shine on the mosaic tile.
Its' pegs and poles gouge enthusiasm
from my heart and laid-back smile.

Trumpet your little sorties and charges
off someone else's indulgent card.
Good Prestor John may be telling you "buy",
(as if you needed more sacred gaudy relics!)
but this treasure's plain-signaling "fly".

Lady, I hope I'm coming out clear;
this inspired objective is shielded and armored.
And to bachelor's credo, like, I'm ever true.
Lady, lady, white and glowing;
this Jerusalem's just not for you.

by Steven P. Pody
Excerpted from 'The Panoptikon'

Submitted: January 30, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Steven P. Pody. All rights reserved.

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I really enjoyed the read. You put a lot of feeling into those stanzas.

Sun, January 31st, 2021 6:39pm


Am glad you liked it, and appreciate the comment. Some events are more fun to write about than to live through... Poetic regards, SPP

Sun, January 31st, 2021 12:18pm

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