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The Warrior Untold

December 21, 2016
By MikeyG PLATINUM, Salt Lake City, Utah
MikeyG PLATINUM, Salt Lake City, Utah
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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change-Carl Rogers

The soldior he charged into the choas

like a battering ramn in swift motion

his rifle poised like a spear towards the fight

his yell echoeing fiercely in the night


Through fire and smoke he careened and surged

bodies of comrades watched blankly this man

as he made his final couragious attack

for his brothers fallen, with earth to back


dense smog curled like the fingers of death

an acrid stench stung the heroe's eyes and lungs

but even as his thoughts screamed in retreat

he locked his gaze forward and churned his feet


the world knows nothing of this man's fate

or the valor he showed admist the foe

against all odds he refused to fly

and thus lay down with his brothers to die.

The author's comments:

I read the novel Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield directly before writing this short ballad. The story of the Spartan warriors, and their fearless stand in the face of death, gave me the inspiration for this poem and others like it.

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