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Stephen James Mar 2019
i move thru rolling hills clothes caked from dust

a pilgrim with no master and
no one to trust

for love of the art dictates
my style and stance

fluid in the movements of hells
windstaff

kitana at my side in my hand sacred
scrolls

the blade reaps the souls words clash with frontal lobe

i journey the countryside sunrise to
sunset

thru bloodshed from foes neck i remain unchecked

suspect at large down this lone
path i march


throat parched from dry wind i remain unhealed

scarred from the years i dodged
enemy spears

and nights i lost love from the one
i dried tears

no one to swear allegiance to while i roam presestined

and strengthened as my wisdom remains unquestioned

left in the wreckage of this rite of
passage

casualties and threats flee
i remain a savage
a verse
Stephen James Mar 2019
dust thick in the air—
he kneels; hands clasped tight around
the tsuka. his fate.
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
thirteen warriors
the battle scarred shogun chose
pledge dedication

oaths of loyalty—
the thirteen professed each one
ride to meet their fate

on the battleground
the daimyo taunts the thirteen
our heroes clasp swords

the afternoon sun
baked the blood spilled in Edo
battle cries still ring

the clash of steel from
darkened plain quiets—as the
shogun flouts his lord

the lord confronted—
strikes with aimed ferocity
the shogun repels

blow for blow the lord
persists but the shogun stands
and wont relinquish

the righteous eyes of
the shogun meets the anger
playing in the lord's

as the thirteen watch
their shogun locked in struggle
the final blow slips

the daimyo then falls
to screams of the thirteen—the
shogun cleans his blade
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
the daimyo then falls
to screams of the thirteen—the
shogun cleans his blade
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
as the thirteen watch
their shogun locked in struggle
the final blow slips
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
the righteous eyes of
the shogun meets the anger
playing in the lord's
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
blow for blow the lord
persists but the shogun stands
and wont relinquish
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
the lord confronted—
strikes with aimed ferocity
the shogun repels
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
the clash of steel from
darkened plain quiets—as the
shogun flouts his lord
a haiku
Stephen James Mar 2019
the afternoon sun
baked the blood spilled in Edo
battle cries still ring
a haiku
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