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Last Updated: 07/04/2011
Resistance
Bernadette Rule



Resistance



Not for a bow of the finest yew, not for a quiver full of arrows

fletched to hang like a wing from my shoulder

will I go to war for you



Not for a sword of finest silver, carved at the hilt with the king's own crown

not for a horse nor a golden medal

will I go to war for you



Not for a solid iron cannon, flared at the mouth like a woman's kiss

not for a coat of scarlet wool

will I go to war for you



Not for a climbing yellow bi-plane, beautiful as a dragonfly

not for a statue of me in the square

will I go to war for you



Not for the flash & speed of machine-guns, not for tanks or cigarettes

not for a night with Lili Marleen

will I go to war for you



Not for a rocket-propelled grenade, not for the sleekest heat-seeking missile

not for the power to end the world

will I go to war for you



Among her many projects and pursuits, Bernadette Rule has six poetry collections published, most recently The Literate Thief: Selected Poems by Bernadette Rule (Larkspur Press, Monterey, Ky. 2007), and hosts an arts-interview program on indi101 called Art Waves.


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