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Tale of Two Arrows

By sunlit lavender fields they met
in France, each man with bow and arrow
Skill-and-eye on show for all to bet
with target, moving, small and narrow
size no greater than simple sparrow;
yes, Robin Hood of English dwell
in rendez-vous with William Tell

One olive tree with two spread branches
upon each branch a mouse in scurry
back and forth with skips and dances
each mouse in frightened panic flurry
Wee John sweats with look of worry
and Marianne, with crossed palms on breast,
eyes closed—as bowstrings drawn in zest.

A silk scarf falls light from noble's hand
to earth it falls as signal, deed
By archer's will, by just command
two arrows fly slicing the air at speed
Indeed a winner, by all, was decreed
as one rodent spared with sliced off tail
whilst the other, an arrow, through his heart did sail.

So to dear Nottingham, Robin returned
and William, he, to Swiss alpine slopes
One dozen gold coins the winner earned
the loser, he, with dashed empty hopes.
So in timbers where live kind English folks
a feast merry was had by all who could
Toasting the mouse-bloodied arrow of Robin Hood!



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  1. Date: 4/18/2014 7:16:00 PM

    Ha Marco, I like this poem, and the theme.... :) , WELCOME to poetry soup. I hope you enjoy the community, as I did when I first join, March 2010. You'll find many friendly poets, who are ready to support and give positive feedback. I want to be the first to invite you on over, to the contest page. I OFFER MY CONTEST, in hopes it inspires you to write another poem. I'm looking forward to following you and your poetry ha-ha a special pair:) here's the link to the contest page. <---~Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@
  1. Date: 4/18/2014 11:54:00 AM

    - Warm welcome to PoetrySoup, Marco :) - I choose your first great and very well written poem - Nice to meet you :) - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- PoetrySoup Rule1: Be kind and keep PoetrySoup a haven. PoetrySoup is a drama free zone(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)