Through the day garden walked the knight.
He looked at the beds, heavy with flowers
then glancing up as one might at a bird,
his eyes land on her window.
What softer bed behind those curtains,
what pleasures a visitor to her room might see;
The mail-heavy arm against the silk curtains, hard flesh on gossamer skin.
He has seen war
and knows what war brings,
the faithful and faithless both scream when pinned down with steel.
Men, both brown and white, crying in terror at the onrushing machine.
He stops a while beside a lily and considers the soft opening of the blue flower
he sees a bee, heavy with baggage climbing down the flower’s throat.
From habit, his hand grips his sword handle.
He imagines a time when this garden might be his as well as hers.