(in history’s) defense

Joining dVerse Poets and Victoria’s “erasure poem” prompt.  I took mine from a non-fiction Maters of Art book, The Story of Architecture, by Francesco Milo.



feudal lords IMG_5181
built castles to
protect against
barbarians assailing

timber stockade
consisting of mound
palisade and ditch
motte-and-bailey castle

mighty stone towers or
keeps designed in
combination of gate-
house and outer wall

fortified residences
feudal nobility dwell
in relative safety
houses huddle

around in village
walled formidably
then advent of
artillery and cannon



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 28, 2017 @ 10:34:25

    Those walls… desperate times means desperate ways… wonder if we are still seeking to build those fortresses


  2. Grace
    Oct 27, 2017 @ 16:52:27

    Thanks for sharing a bit of history ~ Well the threats are never-ending ~ Good one, Lynn ~


  3. Beverly Crawford
    Oct 27, 2017 @ 15:06:31

    A blackout documentary! Well done!


  4. jillys2016
    Oct 27, 2017 @ 14:50:26



  5. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 27, 2017 @ 11:59:35

    The architecture reflects the needs for safety that we forget today because the threats today are different.


  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Oct 27, 2017 @ 11:33:41

    You took up the challenge with such a difficult source and the result seems a bit like a narrative poem that you can embellish without the restrictions of the prompt. That happens in the last line/word.


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