Poetry by Colin Bancroft

Colin Bancroft is currently working on a Ph.D. on the Ecopoetics of Robert Frost. He won the 2016 Poets and Players Prize and his pamphlet Impermanence is out in October 2020 with Maytree Press.

BATTLEFIELD

Shrewsbury 1403

It could have been a day just like this 

                              when it all kicked off:

Henry off to quash a Welsh rebellion,

Hotspur sensing his chance for glory.

Both converging upon this place

And both ending the day

                              With an arrow in their face.

I bet not much has changed:

The hawthorn hedge in full flower,

The hazy heat, the lowing of a bull

And the milestone, a white shield in the sun,

Weather-rounded and smooth, like a skull.

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