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He stands atop the ancient towers, both grey and cold as skies 
Which howl about and bow the trees, and blow his longish hair— 
His countenance stern, he stares below to where his army lies; 
Full bodied knights on chargers swift, with strength and skill to spare. 

Across the moor, tempestuous skies recall the sounds of war; 
Of legions lost, of fierce assaults, just as the wailing wind. 
With stalwart pride and courage bold, a pilgrimage afar 
Will leave behind the fortress, and the tears of Rosalind. 

Although she weep and wilt away, he still must onward go, 
Nor will turn back until he's sacked the distant Irish shore. 
She, from her window watches him depart as bugles blow; 
Face bathed in tears, she greatly fears she'll never see him more. 

As warriors weave a path across the Connemara Isle,
Their fate may be of pain and loss, or death could be the cost: 
And thus, resigned, was Rosalind— her courage must not fail. 
The castle walls are cold as stone, but love is never lost. 

Though love my fly, or love may flee, love's blind and cannot see 
The growing gulf 'twixt man and maid, as mainsails catch the wind: 
And salty spray sides down his face, out on the open sea, 
As at her window, facing west, fall tears of Rosalind. 

Each fragment of her hope resounds against the shadowed moon: 
Two seasons pass, then springtime comes to cast the gloom away. 
At last! Her warrior, crowned by sun, rides down a purple dune! 
Her anguish lifts just as the mist. Within his arms she'll stay!

{Collaboration by Carrie Richards and Isaiah Zerbst
Written from August 10-25, 2015}

Copyright © Isaiah Zerbst


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  1. Date: 11/7/2015 8:12:00 AM

    Isaiah, I have visited this poem previously, but here I am again, I love your style ~
  1. Date: 10/26/2015 10:04:00 AM

    Well, at least it wasn't Billy Don't be a Hero lol. seriously, this is nicely done. i love poems with 14 beats per line and use that format often
  1. Date: 10/22/2015 10:03:00 AM

    Wonderful write form both you and Carrie a 7
  1. Date: 9/12/2015 10:42:00 PM

    Isaiah, a wonderful winning collab and a captivating read!
  1. Date: 9/9/2015 1:18:00 AM

    Wonderful collab Isaiah and Carrie! Congrats on superb win!
  1. Date: 9/8/2015 11:44:00 AM

    What a marvelous collaboration Issiah and Carrie many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 9/8/2015 8:49:00 AM

    Isaiah, Congratulations on your - Partner up - contest win. **SKAT**
  1. Date: 9/4/2015 7:52:00 PM

    Wow, so wonderful to see the two of you collaborating! I have missed reading your poetry, Isaiah. Your poetry always reads like a story, with beautiful language and perfect rhythm. You and Carrie make such a great team.
  1. Date: 8/27/2015 9:58:00 AM

    Isaiah, this is such an awesome write by two wonderful poets, I am sure it is a winner in the contest, I was captured from the first word. A7 and thanks for the wonderful placement in your Library contest, I am very honored.