Remove the breastplate,

dull from neglected upkeep;

clatters on concrete.

Pop! remove helmet,

skull open, vulnerable-

sun, shadow fall there.

Eyes avoid the belt,

fingertips grip underneath,

unfasten buckle.

Kick off metal shoes,

bare feet are vulnerable,

and stones are so sharp.

Misplaced shield can’t block

the metal coils you now

flaming arrows sear.

Sword, muttered prayer

rusty and dull from disuse

pray block enemy.

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