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The Spike Victoria University College Review 1944


page 6


Tumultuously move against my heart
Fresh images of armies wrecked on death

And reddened waves' dark ecstasy defiles
The basalt walls that guard its quietness

The archer on the highest tower looks downwards
Upon an earth no longer void of wrath

His golden armour clashes as he strikes
Gauntleted fist upon the swinging gong

Throgh all the castle he sets tight to fear
And every window into life

Halls that were silent such long time before
And wakened as the men-at-arms rush by.

Then lightning's shock has faded and all know
Water and blood are powerless against stone

And all night long in natural jubilee
Over a sea of blood rings the heart's revelry.

Hubert Witheford