Two knights
stand sentry,
sworn protectors,
rooted to the Earth
of Pinewoods fortress.

Wooden falchions
raised and intertwined,
brothers in arms
dagger the sky-

a warning
to the Cardinals
about to descend
in sermon:
None shall pass.

Helmet snowballs
bow and bend-
a stand at ease order
from their queen
as I water

their roots
and prune
their armor
for June’s
solstice crusade.



About the Poet:
Nancy Iannucci is a historian who teaches history and lives poetry in Troy, NY. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in a number of publications including Amaryllis, Eunoia Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Fickle Muses, and her poem, HOWLING, won Yellow Chair Review’s Rock the Chair Challenge. She is currently working on her first chapbook.


Photo by Jay Mantri.


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