“Mongolian Archers” is another of the challenges from Eric in Ventura. I don’t know if Eric also likes bows and arrows (I suppose all guys are sometimes still in touch with that part of their inner 8 year old) but this was another topic that sent me to Wikipedia…
The horn, the wood, the sinew form a curve.
Fit in the feathered stock and then – release!
The arched trajectory that we observe
was not invented as a thing of peace.
But games are where such archery is fun –
at the Nadaam we will compete at ‘sur’.
But short camel-hide baskets never run!
Our bows have been designed for hunting fur-
wrapped food, and shooting from your galloping horse –
distinct advantage over knights with spears
until development had run its course
and guns and bullets made the west our peers.
But if you’re hunted, if you are our prey
And you can hear that draw – away! Away!