Windmills in the evening light, Spain --- Image by © José Fuste Raga/Corbis

Windmills in the evening light, Spain — Image by © José Fuste Raga/Corbis

Giants live here

They till the horizon
and harvest the Golden
clouds at Sunset

Their shadows
Fall across the ground
I am sworn to protect

I’ve seen
their footprints
in the earth

They leave
behind evidence
of their passing

A bit of silk ribbon
A Lady’s favor
smashed into the mud

I pick it up
and re-affix it
around My Arm

It was given
with a kiss
and her blessing

My charger
is old and
prefers the greener meadows

My lance
is blunted
on masonry and grout

My armor
does not shine
as it did when I began

Each time
I fail to bring
a giant down I falter

I’ll tear
The armor
from My Body

I’ll carry
the discarded
pieces to the precipice

I’ll banish
my misguided
dreams to the Sea

In the morning
When the Sun
climbs over the horizon

The long Shadows
of Giants
Will cast upon my door
And I
and weary of fighting

will stumble
into My
humble wardrobe

and find

My Armor waiting


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19 Responses to Quixote…

  1. Pencil, this is pencil good, mother pencil! I always love your nods to history, your pride in roots that grow deep etc.

  2. Rita says:

    I feel this one in my soul, My Brother. In my soul.

  3. Wow — this is so damned good. I love it — because you built an awesome poem but also because I relate so well…

  4. Eric says:

    I LOVE YOU TOO, VIC! 🙂 Thank you, so very much!

  5. Ms. Vee says:

    This is absolutely fascinating Eric! Love it! 🙂

  6. I always say it cant get better than the last one, but then you top it…and more!! I love this, and can so relate! ♥

  7. moonskittles says:

    You are too good for them giants!! Go Eric! Go Eric! (I have pom poms too 😀 )

  8. Geetha B says:

    Perhaps in each of us sleeps a Don Quixote who can either get weary or stronger with time. A beautiful write Eric.

  9. I was going to comment that I loved the beginning (which is lovely) but soon discovered I loved the entire piece. Its unbelievable. #mast

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