Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Special Feature: "Knight’s Last Roundelay" by the Editor

Knight’s Last Roundelay
Steven Wittenberg Gordon

Fighting man, though thou be ailing,
Thou wert once the very best,
Comes the dragon long tail flailing,
From its stronghold in the west,
Knight, although thy force be failing,
Find the strength for one last quest.

Comes the dragon long tail flailing,
From its stronghold in the west,
Blazing breath and nails impaling,
Striking fear in ev’ry breast,
Knight, although thy force be failing,
Find the strength for one last quest.

Blazing breath and nails impaling,
Striking fear in ev’ry breast,
For a hero we are wailing,
Brave enough to face the test.
Knight, although thy force be failing,
Find the strength for one last quest.

For a hero we are wailing,
Brave enough to face the test.
Swiftly on thy charger sailing,
Ride to us for battle dressed.
Knight, although thy force be failing,
Find the strength for one last quest.

Poet's Notes:  Ah, the old hero, called out of retirement in the people's hour of need!  The romance of this narrative takes away my breath and brings a tear to my eye every time.  I hope this roundelay had the same effect on you.


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