Friday, October 31, 2014

Gunter of Cologne
(…or, Count Volkmar of Gretz)

Volmar of Gretz, whose soul rest in peace Amen.
Followed his brother-in-law Gunter of Cologne,
With sixteen thousand Crusaders, to fight the infidel in Jerusalem!
In the spirit of doing God’s will, to stop the holy sites of
Jesus Christ from ruin.
He was influence by his priest, Wenzel, also—
And not by whom he called ‘The False Pope’ …
But on the way, through German: Worms, Speyer, and even at the
Gates of Gretz, Gunter had every Jew slain—
And throughout Hungry and Bulgaria, the same, 30,000 of them!
Before Volkmar could bring this genocide to its end!
A wild frenzy, ambition of Gunter to rid the world of the Jew
The one who incited the Romans to do their dirty work…
And now he crossed the Golden Horn, between Europe and Asia
Only to fight the pagan Turk, and lost all battles but one,
And that one battle, was against Christians, a mistaking identity,
He had killed his own kind.
Now he had made it back to Constantinople,
Where he met Volmar, who had been imprisoned by the Bulgarians
And held for ransom, now freed…
With only seven, including himself of the once 16,000-strong,
That had crossed the strait, to fight in Jerusalem!
Hence, where he never made it to.
And now all he could do when he spoke to Volmar,
Was ‘giggle nervously’ like a fool!
Somewhere along the line, he lost sight, his vision his goal, perhaps
His mind too: and gave to Germany an ever- fore- more, stained soul…

10-31-2014/No: 4584
Note:  The poem refers to the 1st Crusade, of 1099 A.D., although these events took place a few years earlier, and Volmar died in 1124 A.D. Gunter Cologne’s are of little interest to me.