J. James Martinez

Rookie (December 1983 / Los Angeles, CA)

Conquerors - Poem by J. James Martinez

Our four arms
Have carried
So much weight
So much rain
So much mud
Heavy boots
Heavy heads
Fool's gold crown's

Calves and thighs
Sore and strained
Snow and smoke and fire
Have ceased to strike fear
Ceased to account for nothing more
Than another opponent
To conquer
Flesh and bones
Have begun to blur
Become hurdles of calcium
And marrow
Nothing more than another opponent

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 7, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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