The Barbarian’s Landing

(Admiral Perry’s Landing in Japan)

In the gentle breeze that cooled that distant shore,
        A quiver stood, and fear road high.
        Excitement gathered in their hearts.

A man strode into destiny,
        And a million hearts, unborn, cried.
        Unwilling eyes moved from past to future times.

Ambition, drive, heedlessness of others ways;
        Anger, fear, awe, and, yes, courage;
        Face to face, spoke mock courtesy.

With sighs that moved the inert soul,
        A nation turned and fixed its eyes
        Upon a new worlds uncompromising goals.


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