Don Quixote illustration by Gustave Dore‘Armed with Imagination’ and Other Poetry by Randal A. Burd, Jr. The Society January 6, 2019 Beauty, Poetry 12 Comments Armed with Imagination Imagination armed this youthful knight— a plywood shield and sword of sapling wood created echoes in the neighborhood of backyard battles fought in fading light. Envision how we must have been a sight to see—a panorama understood by only we who fought each chance we could while lacking rhyme or reason for a fight. The best of memories those days remain: each noble quest and faux chivalric deed. Forever will they be accompanied with yearning for just one last grand campaign. Artisans & Fools The sparks of protest fly as hammer pounds To make a stubborn ingot sharper steel. In pummeling, perfection will reveal Its shifting shape with banging clanging sounds. This repetition lasts for several rounds; As smithy molds, the metal does appeal For mercy from relentless hammer’s zeal; The artisan, in answer, only frowns. When flames are duly doused and metal cools, The finished product’s polish is applied; And, only then, the maker will decide If labor’s love was worthy of his tools. Its quality has thus identified The difference in artisans and fools. Blue Spacious Skies Blue spacious skies meet greener pastures’ hue, Where sleepy woodland creatures rendezvous. The fragrances of lilac and of fir Are pungent in the air and would confer A feeling of tranquility on you. Your present rather dismal point of view Is neither flexible nor even true. You bring the rain; your outlook does defer Blue spacious skies. So open wide the door; let sunshine through. Find shooting stars at night with someone new. Our lives go by in such a hasty blur. You’ll see things better than they ever were. And cloudy days might suddenly incur Blue spacious skies. Randal A. Burd, Jr. is an educator, freelance editor, writer, and poet. His freelance writing includes assignments on the paid writing team for Ancestry.com and multiple online blogs, newsletters, and publications. Randal received his Master’s Degree in English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri. He currently works on the site of a residential treatment facility for juveniles in rural Missouri. He lives in southeast Missouri with his wife and two children. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 12 Responses Fred McIlmoyle January 6, 2019 I rarely comment on other poet`s work but these poems are of a very high standard and, particularly the first two, capture the atmosphere of their theme admirably Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. January 8, 2019 Thank you! Reply Amy Foreman January 6, 2019 What refreshing, vivid writing, Randal. Welcome to the SCP! Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. January 8, 2019 Thank you! Reply C.B. Anderson January 6, 2019 Randal, These poems are very sharp, without wasted words or blunders. No fool, you are indeed an accomplished artisan. Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. January 8, 2019 Thank you! Reply Jeff Nicholson January 6, 2019 Thank you for sharing your fine poetry. Your wonderful word choices and construction effectively activates the senses and draws the reader in. Very good work! Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. January 8, 2019 Thank you! Reply David Hollywood January 6, 2019 Wonderfully yearning poetry, I enjoyed them all. Many thanks Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. January 8, 2019 Thank you! Reply Monty January 14, 2019 High-class stuff, Randal: all 3 pieces were meaningful, and concisely written; containing stylish diction . . and good poetic discipline. You’re in possession of a natural talent . . Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. January 15, 2019 Thank you! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.