Charles Bane, Jr – What Rose wanted

poetCharles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook ( Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems ( Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as “not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them.”  Creator of The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida.
http://www.charlesbanejr.com


What Rose wanted

What Rose wanted
was for me to land
with my crew, racing
to her in the stealth
of night to bring
her fast to our boats.
She wanted Mass
in chapel the next
day and jeweled
windows braiding colors
across her face. She
wanted bright torches
of me and the flames
of every star. Look, she
said, they go to conquer
some army like themselves
in night fields far. Conquer
me, she said, make me
Crusade.

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