The Radiant Excalibur

March 22, 2010
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Quite long ago,
In the days of knights and castles,
There lived a King named Arthur,
Who had fought and won many battles,

One such battle, with a sable knight,
Broke this fabled king’s sword,
Therefore, he went, at dawn’s first light,
To Merlin, the magical lord,

“ Merlin,” quothe he, “Where can I unearth, another, phenomenal blade?”
“My King,” said Merlin the Wise, “I know of one, a great legend it emits,
“In a magical, luminous, glade,”
“Shielded, in the arms of the Lady it sits”,

Then the King brightened, and gleefully said, “Then to the enchanted place we must ride”,
And off they went, on their purpose bent,
To the glade, at the rising of the tide,
To ride
To ride
To ride at the rising of the tide

Now when they reached this glade, who was standing in the shade,
But the lady, tall and fair,
Fully clad in crimson and sparkling jade,
With silkiest, blackest, hair

So King Arthur knew, by this fair damsel’s worth,
She was a majestic woman of Faerie,
Therefore, he knelt reverently upon the earth,
Then he asked reverently,

“Lady, I ask prithee,”
“How might I obtain thy fair and beaming sword?”
Said she, “I decree, you the most worthy,”
“To use this glistening steel, for thine own accord,”

So, then he went, his bright mind set,
In a shining, brass, boat,
And a path parted for him where the waters met,
Of all this, King Arthur took note,

When he reached the arm with the blade,
It did not falter or move,
That the sword should share the ruler’s fame
This last act seemed to prove,

And never was there a more joyous King,
To own this world-renowned blade,
Then that fair lady, he did thank, for the sword that he did bring,
Quothe he, “You are my aid,”

To fight the great knight
Soon did they go, over sea green field and plain,
And because of the weapon, with its incandescent light,
King Arthur was Pellinore’s greatest bane

And later that day,
For what he had done,
King Pellinore did pay,
With the two older sons,

The name of the king and sword,
By fame, Arthur and Excalibur became one,
Arthur soon became known as the most powerful lord,
Most famous for the deeds they hath done.

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ChemGirl2009 said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm
Brilliant! Beautifully written and terrific word choices. Great descriptions of the settings. A real pleasure to read. Enjoyed it immensely!
Julia replied...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 12:10 am
Thanks Chemgirl! 
Chemgirl2009 replied...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 8:34 am
Sure thing, Julia! Keep up the great'll be the woman Shakespeare!!!!
Julia replied...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 10:04 am
:) I hope so!
Chaz said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

This poem was written exceptionally well.  Well thought out and flowed extremely well.

My compliments to the author. (I wish I could write so well..... :)).

Julia replied...
Apr. 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Aww, thankx Chaz!
ChiTwnGrl86 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm
Excellent poem, Julia! Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading your future works! 
Julia replied...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 12:11 am
There should be more coming soon ChiTwnGrl! Thanks for rating this poem!
flutelady said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Great poem, Julia!!! You are a wonderful writer. Keep up the excellent work.


ourdirector said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Great poem!!! Keep up the excellent writing, Julia!
ourdirector said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

 What a wonderful poem from such a young writer!!! I was so impressed with her command of the old English style and poetic ability.

I think Julia deserves to be the top winner.


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