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Lancelot's Revenge

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John Yaws
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0 posted 10-09-1999 04:44 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Sir Lancelot, a valiant knight-
Rode out with frosted breath...
To meet the new born rising sun
And joust at dawn with death.

The foe he rode to meet at dawn-
A victor many fold...
Sir Lancelot for honor fights,
The other fights for gold.

And as he rode, he softly sang-
To Karsh, his noble steed...
A dastard fights for tawdry coin
For honor I would bleed.

A hireling bears his arms for hire-
A harlot of a sort-
Id die before Id thus stoop low-
And to such things resort.

They met at dawn upon a sward-
As dry as fair knights mouth..
The hireling rode in from the North
The hero from the South.

The neigh of steeds, the clash or arms
The stench of blood and sweat..
And great the clamor there arose
When wolf and jackal met.

Twice Sir Lancelot dehorsed-
His raving, savage foe-
And twice the valiant knight drew rein
And would not strike a blow.

At length brave Karsh did slip and fall
And Lancelot was pinned...
The craven struck a mortal blow-
And thought it was the end.

Yet ever after as he rode..
To do his masters will...
Hed hear faint hoofbeats at his back
Each time that he drew still.

In dreams hed often toss and turn-
And moan and curse at night..
Regret the craven blow he struck
At such a valiant knight.

And then at last when peace had fled..
And drew his just reward..
He said, Im haunted by the dead.
And then fell on his sword.

A moral? Yes, I think there is-
Its better far to die,
A noble lion, than to live-
A dog...who lives a lie.

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~GS~
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 10-09-1999 05:00 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent piece of writing! Without honor, what worth is our life? We can never run from our own conscience can we? Ver, very well done! And welcome to Passions!

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Denise
Andrew Scott
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2 posted 10-09-1999 05:22 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Liked the style and grace of this piece. Well done... and welcome to our halls. Hope to see more.
Mike
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3 posted 10-09-1999 05:43 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Nice flow... I enjoyed.
Pepper
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4 posted 10-09-1999 06:44 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

excellent piece GS......am loving your work

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 10-09-1999 07:43 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Gunslinger,
With this one you are on my hit parade. Well done.
Julie
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since 08-20-99
Posts 742
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6 posted 10-09-1999 07:58 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Welcome to Passions Gunslinger! I like
your style...very refreshing. This one
was great.

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Julie
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Thou who has given so much to me,
give one thing more: a grateful heart.
>George Herbert



Nan
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7 posted 10-10-1999 12:00 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Very nice - LOL - Check out my posting "Tilting at Winmills" (intentional spelling) posted just below...
 
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