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RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
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 Mac McAnear's Poetry Collection 
Marion "Mac" McAnear's
Collection of Original Poetry
Poet Laureate of CRTA-AREA XI
Member - San Diego - Division 4

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"COMING OF THE MOORS"
by Mac McAnear

Copyright © 2002-2003 Mac McAnear
All rights reserved.
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El Cid on Horse
"EL CID"
    Charles Martel of the Franks
"CHARLES MANTEL"
of the
"FRANKS"
    El Cid on Horse
"EL CID"

"COMING OF THE MOORS"

Here is a poem about the Moorish invasion of Spain (called Andalus in those days) in the year 711. The Moors (North African Muslims) conquered about half of present-day Spain; the rest remained Christian. In the year (1492) that Columbus ‘discovered’ America, Ferdinand and Isabella were able to get rid of all the Muslims. As you see, that was over 700 years later and the Moors, who had invaded, leaving their women at home, integrated with the Christians.

My “Spanish” poems include this one, “Cordaba”, and “Madrid”.
Spain is a fascinating country!
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COMING OF THE MOORS
It cries for unattainable revenge
Pillaging and above all rape
As they swept into Andalus
from North Africa’s scape!

No matter whether whim or desert fate
Of fire set in the holy Koran
A bond linking small to great
Believed by these Moors to a man!

Dispatching infidels blocking their path
Whose defense much less
Undue to absence of passionate wrath
As disunity leading to such a mess!

They came this Moorish horde
As Roman legions centuries ago
Supplanting Celts who’d made the ford
Camping expectantly along the Ebro!

Human spirit unfettered
Fresh rituals yet unnumb with age
Encouraged since Mohammed unlettered
But followers scientific and sage!

Mixing with maidens willing or not
Blood vigor emerging as current coin
Muslim males exulting in what they’d got
As Christian thighs quivered under this Moorish loin!

To undo coupling beyond the greatest surgeon
Defilement forever in history’s bank
Prompting Spanish worship of the eternal virgin
Elevated by fantasy to holy rank!

They came with thoughts of plunder
Berbers unused to the Prophet’s way
Unaccustomed thus little wonder
Gentle hand of humanity had no sway!

Futile resistance to sensual curs
Brutally tearing in senseless rage
Hysterical tears served as carnal spurs
For revenge’s larder of a later age!

A written record by the Caliph himself
Less so by the grand Vizier, his eyes and ears,
Commanders’ thoughts relegated to unused shelf
Poignant silence by slaves throughout the years!

Quick violence for those who fought the scheme
Al-Mu’tadid, adorning gardens with enemy heads,
Using parchment to identify this cream
Of opposers numbered among the dead!

Inexorably the change in roles of war
Outraged victims suddenly sitting in sadist’s seat
Pricking away scabs of fresh-made scar
Shrieking at a dance by toeless feet!

The Moors came and mixed and lasted long enough
To redraw lines that stamp a man for what he is
Darkening fair skin to a browned buff
Honing tempers quick as a tonic’s fizz!
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KING FERDINAND & QUEEN ISABELLA
King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella
The red haired Goths, Ferdinand and Isabella, drove the Nonwhite Muslims out of Spain and started the exploration of America by financing Christopher Columbus.

When Isabella's brother died, she and her husband jointly succeeded (1474) to the throne of Castile. This union of the two main Spanish kingdoms laid the foundation of Spain's future greatness. Isabella became Queen of Castile when she was 23 years old. No sooner had she become queen when her kingdom was invaded by Alfonso V, King of Portugal, who was hoping to capitalize upon the weakness of the Spaniards in the confusion following the Moorish invasion. Castile was very nearly overrun, and it was only with a near superhuman effort that Isabella and Ferdinand were able to raise a strong enough army to defeat Alfonso in 1475. With the Portuguese threat settled, Isabella and Ferdinand then turned their attention to their real enemy - the Moors.

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