Penning Chivalry | Teen Ink

Penning Chivalry MAG

March 13, 2008
By Sarah09 SILVER, Evanston, Illinois
Sarah09 SILVER, Evanston, Illinois
6 articles 2 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Glory is seeing the impossible, saying 'screw it,' and drawing your sword anyway." -Anonymous

Between school daze
and summer knights
I sit in my scholarly tower,
Penning chivalry
of the noblest sort.
The epitome of manhood,
Black ink spurs forth
his college-ruled steed,
toward the spiral-bound
damsel in distress.
She is held captive
by the tightest of margins,
her ransom clearly demanded
on the syllabus.
He fights incoherent thoughts,
empty passion,
and clichés of all shapes and sizes,
bravely rescuing said damsel
from the securely zipped back pack
of her own quivering mind.

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This is one of the best poems I have ever read on here. In my opinion

on May. 8 2015 at 6:19 pm
ihatesouvenirstores GOLD, Galax, Virginia
14 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never let your fears decide your fate."- awolnation

This is one of the best poems I have ever read on here. In my opinion, this tops the best!!!

on Mar. 18 2015 at 7:35 pm
BreeZephyr SILVER, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
7 articles 0 photos 84 comments

Favorite Quote:
“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.” - Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Whoa, your wordplay is AMAZING. Love it love it love it!

Bella13 SILVER said...
on Jun. 26 2014 at 9:11 pm
Bella13 SILVER, Los Angeles, California
5 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Wit is educated insolence"

It is so extremely comforting to find writers as well as you in the world and i hope to see more poems!!

moon8 BRONZE said...
on Mar. 18 2014 at 6:20 pm
moon8 BRONZE, Peaks Island, Maine
2 articles 0 photos 8 comments
Your phasing and words are absolutely beautiful and I love that you used a piece of writing to so elegantly and fantastically describe writing. You bring the words to life in the way that only a true writer can, and you certainly deserved the award you won!

cecchmate said...
on Jan. 30 2014 at 6:40 pm
The play on words is awesome. Love this. :)

on Nov. 2 2012 at 5:02 pm
Claudia.VII BRONZE, N/A, California
2 articles 0 photos 51 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Let them eat cake.\" -Marie Antoinette.
\"Genius is born-- not paid.\" -Oscar Wilde.
\"Press the button, we\'ll do the rest.\" -George Eastman
\"If you\'re going through hell, keep on going.\" - Winston Churchill

Reminds me of "The Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. I like it and am pleasantly surprised I've found a piece of this caliber on such a site. Keep your imagination intact, no matter what these teen-angst loving, hopelessly 21st century Babbits say. :)

on Oct. 16 2012 at 10:18 pm
Its.beautiful. BRONZE, Goose Creek, South Carolina
1 article 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you." — Erich Fromm

Well... To begin, "school daze and summer knights"  are a terrible play on words draw in any reader. It may not have been so bad if the rest of the poem related to it, but of course that is not the case. To my understanding those two lines and the following were the start to an extended or pile up of bad metaphors such as the "scholarly tower and college ruled steed". What do they stand for other than a school and a peice of paper, and if that was the only purpose, could you not have simply stated that? By the end of all the unneccessary figurtive language I recived that there is a person in school, writing/ daydreaming. So who exactly is this damsel you speak of, that is trapped in the spiral bound of a (obvious) noebook that is being written in and simultaneously securled in a  zipped in a back pack. I suppose this is also part of this "damsel's syllabus"? I have also noticed you have taken the perspective of I, she, and he within the piece, yet I am still unsure where any of the characters fit in. There are no concrete aspects of the poem to refer to, which gives no clear imagery or tone for the piece.  The title does not tie into the poem other than when you stated the same words in the poem... What's the purpose? Help needed.

Niti-M BRONZE said...
on Jul. 15 2012 at 1:18 am
Niti-M BRONZE, Mumbai (Matunga), Other
2 articles 1 photo 23 comments

I love your choice of words. Well written! I wish I could fit words like this in my work. Care to read some of my work?


Your feedback will be much much appreciated and taken in consideration. Thank you so much. :)

on May. 10 2012 at 10:10 pm
DaleTheWhale BRONZE, Tipp City, Ohio
3 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You weren't put on this earth to be ordinary."

Reading this a few times, I've not quite figured out how exactly this makes sense...but maybe's that the point. Definitely well written, definitely well done.

Indilove GOLD said...
on Apr. 18 2012 at 8:27 am
Indilove GOLD, Kenockee, Michigan
17 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
No one is your strength or guidance. If life is what you wish to live then do not bind your soul to something unreal. The creater nor the keeper can heal you for it is blind faith that leads you.

This is absolulty amazing!!! Seriously this is great!!! AMAZING WORK!!!

on Jan. 3 2012 at 11:00 am
Blueeyedgirl18 GOLD, Kulpmont, Pennsylvania
10 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life happens while you're busy making plans.

Amazing work!

on Dec. 8 2011 at 7:16 pm
RedFeather GOLD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12 articles 0 photos 155 comments

Favorite Quote:
Prose is like walking but poetry is like dancing.
—Paul Valery, poet (1871 - 1945)

Wow. Awesome poem! Love the way you ended it too! Congrats on making the magazine, btw. Can anyone check out some of my work if you've got some free time?

Big k said...
on Nov. 29 2011 at 10:17 am

on Nov. 28 2011 at 11:06 am
dakotawright SILVER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
7 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix

I love this poem. As simple as that, I love it.

on Nov. 10 2011 at 1:17 pm
Natasha1994 SILVER, Arizona City, Arizona
9 articles 0 photos 30 comments

i love this poem good description on it 

great job

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Oct. 25 2011 at 5:02 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

Love it, and love what it was describing. Great work, check out some of mine if you have the time?

sumleng GOLD said...
on Oct. 14 2011 at 7:33 pm
sumleng GOLD, Wayne, New Jersey
13 articles 0 photos 5 comments
I love the first two lines with the daze and knights, very creative. Awesome work!

on Oct. 3 2011 at 8:18 pm
BrightBurningCampeador PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
42 articles 11 photos 333 comments
I like it a lot! As an avid fantasy reader and long time fantasy writer I can put my own emotions and experiences into these words. It's most definitely not every poem I can do that with.

on Oct. 3 2011 at 10:35 am
Gurl please chivalry died a long time ago!!!!