Hazelling the Field

Let’s take a knife

and our differences

down to the hazel wood.


Two strokes each

converts to four

stakes in the ground.


Let’s run these round

with rope to make

a ring, then step


in. Let’s box. Or let’s

kneel before a sacred

court. Either way


we’ll agree that justice

should be outsourced,

or the fight fenced


off, so our grievances

won’t grow into

feuds, battles, wars.