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The Rape of Maid Marian (poetry)

The Rape of Maid Marian

 

When nothing is left

and all the good men are thieves:

some stealing what they can in the night,

some stealing away on crusades –

 

I found myself impaled

like the townsfolk, and not

 

without a lover’s kiss

the Sheriff of Nottingham

drew his small sword

and found another sheath.

 

When the diadem falls

so crumble walls, gold, church-beams,

turrets, statuary,

kingdoms, justice…