Poetry by Colin Bancroft

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.

About the contributor

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.

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