Friday, June 1, 2018

"Renunciation" by Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

"Sword" Watercolor & Ink on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
​No one but sparrows
to see the young girl
pull the sword from the rock,
the iron grip sure in her hand
as if she were trained to it.

No one but sparrows
to hear the blade whisper,
promising glory, a throne,
that armored warriors
would fall to her in battle.

No one but sparrows
to witness her temptation,
that momentary hesitation
before she set the sword
back in the stone.

Poet's Notes:  I often write a group of poems around a common theme, and, late last year, I wrote several Arthurian poems. I wrote poems about Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Arthur's soldiers, even Arthur's dog. Then I strayed further from the familiar legends, wondering what might have happened if someone else had pulled the sword from the stone.


  1. This poem says it all, doesn't it? From that "as if she were trained for it" when we realize the impossibilities sealed in those two words, to the devastating "momentary hesitation" which seals future centuries. Today's sparrows will see, hear, and witness quite a different unsheathing.

  2. Thank you very much for your comment! I appreciate it!


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