Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gallantry rides a horse made of cardboard.



Gallantry rides a horse made of cardboard.
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the only reason
Dashing princes wear alluring armor
Is so they can blind your eyes with the light
Of their own arrogance,
And shield themselves from vulnerability.

You possess yourself with an honourless view
Of knightly honour.
Armor shining,
Your prince attacks the horrid dragon.
You didn't see the blackened flagon
Of selfish ego he consumed with
Violent intensity.

Gallantry may have a quaking sword hand
Sometimes.
Not because he fears the dragon's
Fiery eyes,
Or because of the blinding, soul-binding hate
He hears from the scaly creature's
Cry.
He shakes because he sees you.

The dashing prince may carry himself
With perfect poise, and
Dashing dexterity
While i shiver on my
Soggy, saddled beast of burden.
But gallantry does not cover itself in
Unscathed armor,
Rather, it destroys it's armor to
Become vulnerable for you.

11 comments:

  1. Great hook in your opening line, and a nice exposition in your narrative.Especially liked your closing lines--there's no such thing as invulnerability, and it's best to know we're all made of cardboard at times.

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  2. wow - this leaves me speechless...great images..the cardboard horse...and love the closure...destroying the armor to become vulnerable for you...

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  3. Love the use of past dawning the present. Wonderful close too, very nice!

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  4. yes, i very much like your definition of gallantry.

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  5. I too was drawn in from your first sentence.

    Is gallantry dead? Dragon breathed on the cardboard horse and -- poof.

    Very very interesting this!

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  6. nice...you make some great counterpoints to my own write...and your close on gallantry destroying its armor is spot on...great write...

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  7. Very inspiring from the first phrase on thank you for sharing

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  8. Oh, too bad. I do so love Knights in armor. Interesting poem. You weave a strange story. Nice write.


    Melanie

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  9. fantastic imagery in your word painting. love it.
    :)

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  10. honest words, it makes a world difference to be true to yourself, than pretending.


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