minstrel: Something interesting.

Rex Deaver rdeaver at cgro.com
Fri Aug 22 09:38:57 PDT 1997

At 09:33 PM 8/21/97 -0400, Harold Feld wrote:
>Mathurin, we have crossed swords bardicly before. 

Aye, 'tis true :)

>I have, however, always signed my name.  OTOH, I respect the right of
>people who don't.  Some years ago, someone wrote an anonymous song
>criticizing the king and publishing it on Atlantia list.  He was roundly
>criticized for not giving his name.  I wrote this in his defense:
<kewl poem snipped>


And en garde!

Wayward word-warrior,
Bitter and baleful,
Seeks to slay king's-name
Striking from shadows.

Sharp is his song-blade,
Tempered in bile.
Unknown and nameless
The hand that holds harm.

Bare and un-byrnied
King's-back is conquered.
Verse-blade is victor,
Sheathed in the slain.

Singer, or stealth-slayer?
Poet, or perjuror?
Bard, or betrayer?
Red hearts know his hue!

Hail to the hero,
Craven and cowled?
Weregild of warriors
Not for the nameless.


Rex Deaver
rdeaver at cgro.com	
"Fix the problem. Not the blame."

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