Courtesy of Others ~
Urges his oath-folk forward
Running to ground Rome´s legions
Nine times his own strength, and one more.
Rome´s battle-hardened soldiers
On their own swords are falling
Men far from Caesar´s city
Embrace death in the forest.
© Laurel Mendes
Poetic form: Acrostic
Image: "Die Hermannschlacht" (The
Battle of Arminius), steel engraving by Karl Mayer, 1836, Germany.
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