New Occidental Poetry

The Men That Rode With Walker

The men that rode with Walker
soldier of God,
were the sons of Dixie,
during its dying days.

Some Yankees and overmountain men,
and Californios too
followed the blue-eyed barbarian
into the desert.

Some sought fortune,
others fame.
All took up arms
just the same.

Unlike the ten thousand,
the sea did not save them.
They bled out under a foreign sun
in a land that loathed them.

But they died like men;
they died like Americans
chasing Manifest Destiny
to its logical end.

He who treasures imperium
and the scent of adventure
remembers the Phalanx
that rode down to Granada.

- Benjamin Welton