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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
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
thirteen warriors
the battle scarred shogun chose
pledge dedication
a haiku

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