The Shield Limerick

October 9, 2008

originally written in July 2008

its objective is deflection
the final intervention before
a cold steel death, whether it be
blade or bullet

it can serve as a symbol
of justice, of liberty, of integrity
round or not, it makes an impression
without ever taking one

the ultimate show of defense
it can go beyond the confines of
wood and steel and leather
become something more

but in truth, it’s really
the person behind the shield
that makes it the beacon we know
the definition of invincible



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