old man

Discussion in 'Poet's Corner' started by Null, Feb 15, 2012.

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  1. Null

    Null Well-Known Member

    I tried to do something different today. Meh... I don't think it came out right.

    old man

    an old man, slouching shoulders
    hero of the forgotten war
    spirit crushed, under the weight of boulders

    resting motionless, never elated
    services no longer in demand
    his warrior spirit is faded

    receiving the call for a hero
    long past his prime he was chosen for a mission
    survivability chance, zero

    he will abide by the spoken word
    heeding the call as commanded
    in his possession a rusted shield and broken sword

    duty courses inside, pumped through his veins
    he has the tools for the job
    a glimmer of hope inside, maybe someone will remember his name

    traveling beyond the dominant realm
    to a land dominated by creatures of darkness
    he readies his sword, shield and helm

    he thinks about leaving his wife
    for the greater good of others
    he makes peace with his life

    riding along the mountains edge
    searching for signs, he now draws close
    heart becomes heavy, his soul begins to dredge

    memories of battles in the past
    things he has seen and battles fought
    hoping this will be his last

    as the battle rages, mayhem ensues
    warriors fallen, bones broken
    in pain of injury, his clothe changes hue

    his body battered, armor broken
    in agony his resolve is wavering
    asking "why was I chosen"

    as he reaches the final commander
    the fate of others in his hands
    his only fuel left is anger

    in the final moments of the battle
    he has struck the killing blow
    a mace hits him like an anvil

    the goal is accomplished, the day is saved
    the war is won, the people are free
    the pain worsens, he is now destined for the grave

    as his life slips away, he makes atonement
    apologizing to his wife and children
    in his perfect moment
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    How very sad to be remembered as a fallen one his wife and children how do they accept was has been done how
    You words say so much the fighter has lost his fight to survive and the darkness it takes yet another soul
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