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The Joust

I wrecche, which that wepe and waille thus,
Was whilom wyf to kyng Cappaneus,
That starf at Thebes – cursed be that day! –
And alle we that been in this array
And maken al this lamentacioun,
We losten alle oure housbondes at that toun,
Whil that the seege theraboute lay.

Twas upon a field bright and gay,
An errant knight died one day.
For women he held close-at-heart,
One very near, and one apart.

A tournament joust he came to play,
Sporting banners the breeze did flay.
With lance and sword of finest gold,
A champion true, the bards all told.

A lady fair did he enchant,
Admirer of the knight-errant.
Another still as yet untold,
Was yet a love that could unfold.

For promise to the lady fair,
The errant knight did state a care.
Unwed twice his temple woe,
He took her-a maiden-long ago.

Yet, in his heart was lodged a lump,
A savage fever for a trump.
A Queen of Hearts he’d fallen for,
Another dream, unclaimed amor.

Life with either one a charm,
He did not want to give one harm.
So secret his confessed desire,
The Queen of Hearts, his hidden fire.

So ere he went out to the field,
The lady’s pendant he would yield.
And from the Queen of Hearts he shied,
A look of shock and smile to hide.

A bane did he confess to her,
A passion in his heart.
A constant longing did he harbor,
Her love to him impart.

For both alike were the two,
The Queen of Hearts and knight-errant.
Love for the lady too; imbued,
Both were so verdant.

Then forth upon the field to play,
The knight rode out in trumpet’s bray.
Announce to him a good knight won.
An undefeated champion.

Cheers rang out among the crowd,
The deafening din a cry aloud.
To open up the gates of hell,
Which spawned the errant knight’s love spell.

Lances up, both breached each other,
Gloves enclasped, exchange good tide.
The errant knight then turned to smother,
A feel of dread he could not hide.

Love the two he did indeed,
He readied then, his mighty steed.
Trapped he felt, by his heart’s blunder,
Lance low, charged on hooves of thunder.

Fast the adversary came,
In that moment-split, a thought,
Grew into the good knight’s brain:
I can’t have both-Lord give me naught.

Hard hit he was, his helmet struck,
The champion’s lance-his throat had tuck.
Two cries he heard upon the field,
As unto death-grip he did yield.

The Queen of Hearts and lady fair ran out to the knight-errant.
First ireful was the lady fair; she took from him her gold pendant,
A look of grief replaced the smile the Queen of Hearts did rend,
And so the errant knight found that the joust was at an end.

‘Fore death’s long sleep to him embraced,
Satisfaction crossed his face.
Seeing glistening tears upon her tress,
He laid his head upon her breast.

Though blessed by the eternal knife,
He’d found the true love of his life.
To him a peace had come to pass,
He’d won his joust-of-love at last.

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On Being a Writer

I am a writer. Perhaps not a famous writer, nor one who is lavished with praise or money…just a writer. I am an avid reader of books, magazines, newspapers, websites or anything that I see in print. I am what I have read.

I compose my thoughts on anything I can get my hands on — paper, keyboard, PDA…anything that allows me to express myself in a correctable form.​

Like many writers, I sometimes find myself at a loss for words. I try not to repeat my mistakes when I write and learn how to become a better writer from other more experienced writers. Not all of us are not born with the talent to speak plainly, we tend to embellish what we create with colorful phrases (metaphors if you will). Many of us enjoy using our ability to bend language into baubles of thought, jewelry that sparkles with diamonds of knowledge, emotion-filled rubies of angst and conflict that glow every color of the rainbow, sparkling sapphires that glisten with color and expression.​

Writers are the quiet ones who sit in the corner of the bar or restaurant, dutifully recording what our eyes see our noses smell and our ears hear. Our minds are in touch with our senses, striving to become as vivid as Ovid, that we might create lyric poetry that whirls around us, our words a panoply of spells that we strive to weave into magic that will last forever.​

Our days are the worst when we do not write, and the best when we do. 

Nothing can match the single feeling of accomplishment when we complete our goal — the book. And like a child we have raised with blood, sweat, and the guile of despair, we struggle to let it go, always critical of what we have created in our struggle to reach perfection. 

For writing is our soul, and our soul is print.

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