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Grinch
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0 posted 10-17-2006 03:36 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Grinch

A stripling youth beside a lake
Like many children down the years
Found solace in his childish games
An outlet for lost hope and fears

An orphan, Sam, lost little lamb
Who never once complained
Would offer all that he possessed
And share out what remained

As Sam played late beside the mere
That lay beyond his village wall
He caught a mournful muted sound
A soft lamented call

Beneath an overhanging branch
He spied a sodden sight
An injured swan had come to die
Beneath that willow in the night

The boy without a seconds thought
Stripped off his woolen shirt
And waded out to save the swan
Hip high in ice and dirt

Upon the shore his shirt became
A wrap to warm the injured bird
And though Sam shivered in the wind
He never said a single word

Both night and day for many weeks
Sam tended to his patients needs
He slept when bandages were clean
And ate between his charges feeds

One morning Sam awoke to see
The swan was not upon it’s bed
And as he rushed out to the yard
A thousand dark thoughts filled his head

But there beside the garden flowers
With wings outstretched the swan stood tall
And peered towards the water near
That lay beyond the village wall

Sam smiled with joy but sadness too
He’d hoped to keep his only friend
Though in his heart he’d held the truth
The swan would leave him in the end

With flapping arms and misty eyes
Sam forced the mended bird to fly
It circled twice above Sam’s head
In semblance of a last goodbye

Twenty lonely years passed
And war came to that quiet land
A demon army laid to waste
Took all upon demand

Plowmen turned their tools to swords
To try to turn the evil tide
But plowmen brave as they can be
Were ever on the losing side

Sam joined the local company
And soon rose from the crowd
In him a leader had been named
A figurehead to make men proud

The day came soon when one last push
Would see the people free of pain
The demon hoard defeated
Swords turned to plows again

The fight was hard the blood flowed free
As Sam fought well and long
He never guessed the demons plan
But things were going wrong

Upon a hill Sam stood alone
Cut off from any help or aid
As certain death bore down on him
Sam bowed his head and prayed

The throng before him parted
With the prayer still on his tongue
As a white clad knight assailed the hoard
To smite the heathen throng

Sam stood beside his rescuer
After victory in the war
He asked of the brave stranger
“Please tell me who you are”

The white knight smiled down from his steed
“You ask me who and know not why?
I am the friend you ever had
The clouds within your sky.”

“I am all things to every man
The sword held strong within your hand
The grass and trees upon this hill
The blood that stains its very sand.”

“I am the joy I am the rain
The sun and  stars that circle round
I am the new born babies' cry
And all these corpses on the ground.”

“ I am the morning and the night
All things to come and all that’s seen
The truth that shines on every lie
All that will be or ever been

“That is the who I am my child
But the why must now be heard
For twenty years ago my friend
I was an injured bird”

[This message has been edited by Grinch (10-17-2006 05:06 PM).]

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XOx Uriah xOX
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1 posted 10-17-2006 03:46 PM       View Profile for XOx Uriah xOX   Email XOx Uriah xOX   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for XOx Uriah xOX

::smiles::   Wonderful !   :: bows ::   :: bows ::   :: bows ::
sandgrain
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2 posted 10-17-2006 04:32 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

A very heartwarming tale in flowing rhyme.  I love this kind of thing.

   Rae
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3 posted 10-18-2006 09:55 PM       View Profile for seraphin   Email seraphin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for seraphin

What a wonderful tale! So well thought out, so steeped in magic, written to perfection.

Sandra
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4 posted 10-19-2006 02:33 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Big smooch for this one.  Wonderful, wonderful story..... ....jo
Grinch
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5 posted 10-19-2006 05:45 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch


I never liked this much, I was lazy with the rhyme and it always sounds a little too twee when I read it.

But I'm glad you all found something to like in it.

Thanks for taking the time to read and reply
TomMark
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6 posted 01-06-2008 07:07 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

very good and you indeed wrote a narrative one ( a very clear one) .
Love the read.  
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7 posted 07-17-2008 07:26 PM       View Profile for Falling rain   Email Falling rain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Falling rain's Home Page   View IP for Falling rain

Wow Grinch.. Never read of your work.. But now I'll have to keep a look out for it, cause I like this poem really much.. reminds me of Swan Lake..Great job!

~Zach~
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"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb....,"he murmured. "What a stupid lamb," I sighed. "What a sick, masochistic lion."

Bob K
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     I enjoyed this quite a bit.  Reminded me of Tolkien and Tennyson and Arthurian cycle stuff, without Arthur of course.
I enjoyed particularly the competence of the way the rhyme and the meter was handled, and the way you kept the story moving through the poem without getting bogged down.  I think it's very good mythological type verse.  Thanks for writing it and for letting it be enjoyed.  BobK.
Artic Wind
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9 posted 08-05-2008 11:43 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

I do like it !


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