A depiction of Joan of Arc.‘A White Knight’ and Other Poetry by Phil S. Rogers The Society March 12, 2022 Beauty, Poetry, Triolet 3 Comments . A White Knight a triolet With fires of hope and spirit bright, who will stand up for what is just thence set our country all alight with fires of hope and spirit bright? A hero true, a great white knight a person worthy of our trust with fires of hope and spirit bright who will stand up for what is just. . . Never To Wend This Road Again Long endless days of fantasies, dark nights so full of mysteries, a sheltered life devoid of pain— Never to wend this road again. A life, a world, begins to dawn, the ploys of youth are now all gone, along with sunshine, there is rain— Never to wend this road again. A mind and heart with feelings warm, emotions now a painful storm, and lies of love I could not feign— Never to wend this road again. Through all the twists and turns of life, both joyful days and times of strife, those years long past were not in vain— Never to wend this road again. So much, so much, now in the past, the days now seem to go so fast that memories begin to wane— Never to wend this road again. . . Phil S. Rogers is a sixth generation Vermonter, age 72, now retired, and living in Texas. He served in the United States Air Force and had a career in real estate and banking. He previously published Everlasting Glory, a historical work that tells the story of each of the men from Vermont that was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor during the Civil War. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News: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) 3 Responses Paul Freeman March 12, 2022 Who, indeed? I think today, more than any time in the past, people wouldn’t be able to agree on who qualifies as a hero. We’re always looking for (or creating) feet of clay. Thanks for two thought-provoking pieces, Phil. Reply Allegra Silberstein March 12, 2022 Beautiful poems…I especially enjoyed your triolet. Reply Margaret Coats March 13, 2022 Phil, “A White Knight” is one of the very best triolets I’ve seen, and I have quite a collection. Each repeated line has a new function in the discourse, each time there is a repetition. This takes thinking. The fire and light images support the thought perfectly. Dealing with a serious subject in a brief form with refrains is taking a risk; this one gives a great payoff. Your use of a refrain in “Never to Wend” is quite different. This refrain seems to be a static interjection, not really connected with each description of events in the past. Are you striving to deepen an impression that all is past for a speaker who recalls, but can no longer enter into, his prior experiences? The summary stanza with memories beginning to wane suggests as much. 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.