I remember watching Soldier Blue,
under age, naive, not sure what the film
was about back then in early nineteen seventy two.
At first, I thought it was a romantic
cowboy flick, as I was watching Soldier Blue.
The landscape was not like ours; Sand Creek
had enormous mountains, gentle plains, a sky of blue
but, by the end, it ran run red with blood from spear and sword:
the rape and massacre of women, children too.
I felt white heat rising in my breast, fury at the pointless deaths
of innocents realised in watching Soldier Blue.
Kim M. Russell, 2018
Gillena’s Fashion Me Your Words In April is about ‘Destructive Weapons’. She says that we are not using them, only wrapping our thoughts around them, and folding them into Poems. The constraints of the Fold, also known as guidelines, are that the poem must have:
- 11 lines;
- Repetition of the end phrase of Line 1 at Lines 5 and 11;
- the rhyme of line 1 continued in every other line;
- a reference to nature and how it affects the poet is a must.