Musing on Marginalia

See him sit
on alabaster steed
bedecked with scarlet saddle!
The hapless, kingless citizens
of Libya’s Selene
crouched on castle ramparts
cannot help but witness . . .

A holy knight has
ridden to their rescue!
Solid gold halo glows
heavily from his
nape of neck up
until it touches his
faultless forehead.

How blinded by
his rich radiance
they be!
Yes, the infidel’s
God must love them,
the chosen few,
(Allah be praised!)
to be saved by such
a silver man.
How he shines!

(His lance is long–
forged by an Almighty
from mold modeled on
a towering tree trunk.
It must be!
Refined by his
god’s gold, surely!)

See how anointed weapon
pierces the downed dragon’s
scaled, slinking body
time and time again,
until it meets the
secret spot under the
devil’s green left wing.
Quelling beast’s raging roar!
Quenching the fire once
flowing from the mouth
with slithering tongue!

Tender Princess Cleodolinda
“sweet as a summer morning”
(Herself sent as city’s sacrifice!)
curtsies in courtly submission
to this true knight in shining armor.
Her golden robe and gown
flowing in gratitude near
the glutton-blooded ground,
smiles her grace and
beatific benediction
for all our people
forever to be praised–
in poem, prayer, picture,
story, scene, and song–
This Saint George!


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