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VxPoem ID: 16920


Posted: October 10th. 2005 11:27:14 AM

Views: 2834

"Warrior Born" poem for everyday heroes

by Iarrthóir na Fírinne

Age Group: Adult

I enter as solicitor
into the breech, I
shimmy through a spinney
of oak and beech, I
smolder I stutter-step
hillside-bound, I
worship at a cromlech
with reverent sound,

I revel in primeval
heresies hailed, I
peel away the pretense
brandish what’s veiled, I
quest for veracity,
from all whom would speak, I
seek rectitude for
the shunned and the weak,

I trip down footpaths
long over-grown, I
convulse on the altar
of rain-etched stone, I
gasp at the lightning
in the night-bird sky, I
ken to the eidola
of eons wild,

I rove companionless
as streams flow past, I
quaff their waters
my drought to cast, I
taste aged mosses and
sod underfoot, I
mingle with the mysteries
of the twilight wood,

I relinquish these boots,
this crown, this shame, I
breathe malcontent wind
extrication exclaimed, I
move to recompense
my lady, my land, I
make an invocation to
all women and men,

I present to the heavens
my chest, my face, I
plea for foregiveness
of my race, I
burn from the fire and
bruise from the stone, I
writhe hands and knees
past a gauntlet thrown,

I return to the hearth
to the village I adore, I
rush along the promenade
a warrior born, I
recite the story
to the curious child, I
thrill and fulfill him
or render her riled,

Author's Notes: Just FYI- the "I" in this poem does not refer to me, I wrote it in character as another person.

Often we consider people heroes only when they risk their lives physically for something, or become famous because they can run fast or catch a ball in a fancy way. This is a heroic journey poem for those who become heroes differently- those who lay their reputations on the line to stand up for justice and hope, then teach others to do the same. They are warriors- and heroes- in their own right.

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If you like it, check out for more would-be poetry from a guy in NM.

Copyright 2011, MB Tankersley, FBNL Works

Author's Location: Los Lunas, New Mexico
More Poems: Iarrthóir na Fírinne has posted 10 additional poems- View them?
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