Wolcott’s Heraldry

Wolcott’s Heraldry
for Elizabeth Wolcott – happy 19th birthday

Chess with the king
Won him nothing
other than a drawing
for a shield.

His comrades-in-arms
would laugh in scorn:
“Valor on a board
is not valor born.”

But beyond bloody squares
a defender remained –
in a world more than pain,
his symbol beyond blame.

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