The Children's Crusade

by Karen A. Romanko


            Protected by God and their innocence

            the children marched toward the river

            in search of parted waters

            but God lent no miracle that day


            The crusaders pressed ahead

            with hymns and rusty weapons

            to their precious domed cathedrals

            now held in heathen hands


            The battle was quick--

            no match for the old ones,

            who'd waged war for eons

            against stronger foes


            The slave ships ascended

            over the temples of the Potomac

            their rare cargo bound

            for bazaars on alien shores


"The Children's Crusade" copyright Karen A. Romanko 2004

Photo copyright Eric Marin 2004


About the Author:

Karen A. Romanko's poetry and short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Ideomancer, Would That It Were, The Pedestal Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, and Full Unit Hookup, among others. Her first poetry collection, Raven's Runes: Equations in Time, has just been released by Sam's Dot Publishing, and is available at Project Pulp and Shocklines. She also edits and publishes the specfic and mystery e-zine Raven Electrick.


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