‘The Ring’ and Other Poetry by Bruce Dale Wise The Society June 3, 2013 Poetry The Ring for E. S. and W. S. “my precious,” —Gollum, in The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien I only knew but one tall dude who had a ring with magic powers. He had one large, silver ring. Although still visible when he put on his ring, it gave him strength. I know, because he used the ring on me. I was at peace, not thinking of a ring, when he burst in all tough and macho with his ring. He pushed me down and shoved me flat with his round ring, and slammed me hard again, again! with that damn ring. I fought. It hurt. Oh, then my ears began to ring. But he continued on—two fighters in a ring. It left a scar. I would not soon forget that ring, oh, even now some decades past, remembering. An Early Audience: After Wang Wei The red-capped Cock-Man now announces dawn’s consort. The Keeper of the Robes brings forth furs of jade-cloud. Nine doors of heav’n reveal the palace and its court. The coats of many countries bow to the Pearl Crown. Bright gold is dropped into the giant’s carven palms. Incense wreathes round the Master’s trailing, dragon robe. The crowd withdraws. His rainbow-coloured edict falls in slinking, plinking beads o’er Phoenix Lake’s abode. Bruce Dale Wise is a poet living on the West Coast of the United States. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.