Friday, January 13, 2017

Michener monostichs

Re the onslaught of the Tatars in the thirteenth century against eastern Europe:

In a clatter of lances   and a swirl of dust,
they were off to the far adventure.

The result was:

Cities, because of their walls, escaped
these horsemen;  no village did.

As for the heroic but outmatched defenders:

They were Christian  in the great good sense of this word.

(Citations from the historical novel by James Michener, Poland (1983).   Connoisseurs of history might detect a parallel in present events.)

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