Honor

The Madrid Bombing March 2004
A Villanelle

I refuse to bury honor even now
As vacant eyes reprove anew
Our fathers stir a moment and whisper how

To forgive the too obliging bow
Surrendering outward what is true
I refuse to bury honor even now

Gleams of suffering Time endow
To us a pathway through
Our fathers stir a moment and whisper how

Invoking their indomitable vow
That the locking tread shall not subdue
I refuse to bury honor even now

Though thieves of light distort the plow
Prefiguring what we all shall rue
Our fathers stir a moment and whisper how

The inexorable continents allow
The single choice, possess or do
I refuse to bury honor even now
Our fathers stir a moment and whisper how

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fragment of Adagio, "Concierto de Aranjuez"
by Joaquin Rodrigo
in Miles Davis, 'Sketches of Spain'
(Columbia LP: CL 1480)



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