"The Knight at the Crossroads" by Viktor Vasnetsov‘The Warrior’s Song at Dusk’ by Ramón Rodriguez, LC The Society May 8, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 8 Comments At last, some time to catch my breath – a rest, a respite in the fight – How many times I parried death! Bask now in this fast-fading light. ___Behold the whispering golden sea ___so wide – see it inside of me. The day’s end finds this carcass sore This tender flesh all fresh with pain Yet still alive, this battered corpse: Life seeps throughout my very veins. ___Look up and see the star-specked sky ___so high – see it inside my mind. The first few fireflies appear to fill the air. Behind me lies the carnage of a duel: I fear it’s me who lives, and me who dies. ___This tortuous trail, years from the start, ___is held, each mile, in my heart. Ramón Rodriguez, LC, is a religious brother studying for the priesthood. He is currently completing his degree in the Classical Humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut. 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)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 8 Responses James Sale May 8, 2018 Definitely a hero’s poem – like this a lot. Very well written. Reply J. Simon Harris May 8, 2018 Very nicely done. The meter, internal rhymes, and alliteration really carry the poem. Reply James A. Tweedie May 8, 2018 I was deeply moved by this poem. In war, even survivors are casualties. Reply Leo Yankevich May 8, 2018 This is very well done and very noble. Reply David Paul Behrens May 8, 2018 Excellent. Very moving, indeed. Reply C.B. Anderson May 8, 2018 Ramon, I thought this nonce form a very felicitous instantiation of what it is that constitutes original poetry. Dig in your heels and give us more of this ilk. Reply David Watt May 9, 2018 A very well written poem concerning the physical and emotional scars of battle. I most enjoyed the stark contrast between experienced horrors and the warrior’s undying ability to appreciate nature’s beauty. Reply David Hollywood May 9, 2018 Gallant, enduring and wonderfully presented. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour 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.