I am a married father of two and an educator working on the site of a residential treatment facility for juveniles in rural Missouri. I have a Master's Degree in English Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri and a self-sabotaging compulsion to write poetry that rhymes. My poems have recently been featured by Halftime Magazine, The Society of Classical Poets, and Rue Scribe, among other publications.
Armed with Imagination
Imagination armed this youthful knight—
a plywood shield and sword of sapling wood
created echoes in the neighborhood
of backyard battles fought in fading light.
Envision how we must have been a sight
to see—a panorama understood
by only we who fought each chance we could
while lacking rhyme or reason for a fight.
The best of memories those days remain:
each noble quest and faux chivalric deed.
Forever will they be accompanied
with yearning for just one last grand campaign.
© 2019 Randal A. Burd, Jr.
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