Member Rara Avis
Well, Michael, I was gonna just come in here and say "Camelot" is my personal favorite of all I've written... but then you want the why's.
Heck... I don't know why. Maybe because it's so long no one ever has to finish it.
Truthfully, it is one poem that I put a lot of work into. Without sounding vain, I hope I can say I really don't "work" at poetry much, it just sort of happens with me. I think this is one of the first poems I tried to implement an internal rhyme pattern throughout the whole piece with, though. THAT, and the topic itself were only part of the difficulties.
As much as Camelot represents everybody's picture perfect paradise... I always thought it would be incredibly dysfunctional if it were real on many counts. These I tried to bring out, through the eyes of Lancelot (anti-hero extraordinaire whom everybody loves), returning home... assuming your version of the tale has him honorably leaving after the death of Arthur, and not just immediately shacking up with the queen.
I did honor the main storyline, and tried to include as much of it as I could, without dragging the poem unto eternity. Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, etc... with Lancelot, in the end, grieving so much over what he found that he picks up the failed quest for the Holy Grail. An ending I felt appropriate... if probably for my own selfish reasons.
I guess one other reason for picking this one would be the challenge I had in changing the form on the 5th stanza of each section. I seem to recall that being a royal pain. I don't really even remember why I did it now, that's the sad part.
In the end, I've always felt a love for poetry because poetry is creation. This poem, for me, was not just a recreation of Camelot... but one of my personal life. For every character named... I see a face from my past filling that part. To hold true to my past without deviating from the original story of Camelot, and do so in a manner that would leave the reader unaware of this was, to me, the biggest challenge.
I will post it in open.