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~~~ Time's Scabbard/War Over Thee ~~~

Updated on December 14, 2015


" Wist, greatness fades to final dreams,

Wherest legends fought in sanguine scenes;

Suspense, which chained sky's auric crumbs,

Dripped golden tears from arching suns.

Whence whims of fate sought haunted ghosts,

'Midst kismet bound unholy hosts,

Lived neap tides draped in sunlit rags,

O'er autumn veldt near pumiced crags.

There, warriors gave but half their heart,

Now'st woe betides fraught 'ternal part,

Yet braves who gave it all to die,

Still live, their deeds fore'er cry:-

' We ride vast horsehead's nebulous fame,

Clasp cindered, forlocked lunar swain;

Elysium; heav'n, e'en blithe Valhalla,

Shalt boast all time our manly valour! ' "

~ Time's Scabbard ~

V1/ Whenst thundering steeds of power and might,

Thenst galloped toward the clamouring fight;

Stark blasts, ripped snorts, funnelled icy-chilled breaths,

Bidding prelude that eve of impending black death.

V2/ War-hardened and seasoned, brave battle-torn ranks,

Ho! didst eagerly close in upon enemy flanks;

Roaring lines, havoc psyched, verily waxing beserk,

As dispatchment of foe birthed its foul, deadly work.

V3/ Shrill orders were barked, bloody-hell, nay unleashed,

Gorging swart carrion crows with a grisly limb feast;

Glinting halberds aloft, swinging chained morning stars,

Cruelly sank into flesh, crushing bones, leaving scars.

V4/ Clashings of steel, glaives resounded yon moor,

As they sparked, plunged and gouged with swift slashes that tore;

Scurried rats, rushed with cries, bloated oversized weevils,

To then sickeningly gnaw through mediaeval upheavals.

V5/ Aye, cavalry surged forth, charged like sil'er-mounted flies,

'Til the riders saw whites of their enemy's eyes;

Groomed manes, flapping free, 'midst morn's blustery cool wind,

Yea, reflected in armour, hacked soldiers they'd trimmed.

V6/ Gleamed visors thence dulled lo, blood-spattered and stained,

From unfortunate men whom they'd trampled and maimed;

Cruor axe,cleaving metal; frost blades biting bone;

Bleak fires of stoked tumult, there was no going home.

V7/ Black-knight 'came unsaddled to thenst crash marshy ground,

As an iron-tipped arrow whistled mort's deadly sound;

Flailing in doom, to his knees didst he kneel,

'Fore thine edge of victorious, trusty old steel.

V8/ Finale of flight for defeated and haggard,

King thrust home daubed sword t'ward his jewel-crusted scabbard;

Next, banners were seized then crisp new ones were raised,

For triumphant Royal Sire's swathed winnings of praise.

V9/ Celebration of roars boasted Knights of Round Table,

Waving flagstaffs 'pon high bearing crown-mounted sable.

Champions seized day erstwhile took up their stand,

So that justice couldst reign o'er this beautiful land! "

Ye Ende


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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, computer issues are the worst and so frustrating indeed! I am so glad you have a kind friend to allow you to publish these superb hubs here! Hope all works out.

      Despite such, I do hope you are enjoying your weekend.


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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Jamie;

      It's good to hear that you enjoyed the verse and am looking forward to reading your own recent publications.You're very welcome, and additionally, if any kind of momentum can be provided in helping to roll the bulwark of any future stanzaic procurements then all power to ya!

      Enjoy a hopefully, productive and fun weekend.

      All the Best;


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      This is by far my favorite of your recent publications. You have written an heroic tale of old in perfect heroic stanzas. Amazing, fun to read and read again. Thank you Romeo for your poetry, I know I have been saying this repeatedly. I needed a little boost on my end of things and your polished works of art have caught my wheels turning. Jamie

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      G'Day Jodah;

      Sounds like a pretty decent childhood; remember reading " A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court " when a wee nipperoo which fanned the imagination at that age.

      Unfortunately, the fields of this country are soaked in its history's bloodshed of vainglory,strivings for power and supremacy and all too real, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to find inspiration.

      All the Best;


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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Faith;

      Trust that all's good over on your side of the Atlantic. Yes, I published about six together; three and a bit written in one day and the others upon succeeding evenings. To answer your question, I can't publish with this present, traded computer - it's too old, so have had to borrow one for today, in the meantime, in order to get something out there for some of the best folk on the planet.

      I'm happy for you that you had a good day of reading, and enjoyed such various offerings from the Hub menu, as there are so many talented folk here. Thank you and have a lovely day today.


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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hiyah Phyllis;

      I'm glad you enjoyed this piece of fiction, and for sharing; look forward to reading your own writes which you've recently published. Thank you.

      Have a marvellous weekend;


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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Jackie;

      Much obliged for you sharing and you're very kind. Thank you. Look forward to reading any verse you may care to share in the future as you are pretty good at it.

      I hope the weather is good enough for you to enjoy in the Beautiful South this weekend.

      Warm Regards,


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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This took me back to the times of yore, and knights in fine armor R.Q. As a child I fantasized of being a knight of the round table or engaging in jousting tournaments. The language was amazing. Well done.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Romeos! I know I could not have missed all of these magnificent poems here you have published ... then I noticed they were all published this day. Whew! You have been busy. I have been wondering why you have not been publishing poetry during this month especially, well, here (in the US), it is Poetry Month.

      What a spectacular day of reading this has been for me, and then to add icing on the cake, reading your poems this late ... I did not realize so late, well, early.

      I agree with Jackie that you are set apart from the others with your unique and wonderful style of writing poetry. It is great to be one of a kind. This poem is superb and your choice of imagery is perfect.

      Up and more, pinning, tweeting and sharing


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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Romeo, this is a marvelous, beautiful epic poem. I love your wording and the story they portray. The images you chose and the order you put them in enhances each stanza perfectly. Up across and sharing. Wonderful !!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Fantastic RQ; you just have a style unlike any other I have seem, certainly unique. Great visuals too. Up and sharing.