the green fields beyond


Location: Charles City, Virginia, United States

Friday, July 22, 2011

Poem: Opportunity

It's been too many months since I posted poetry. I memorized this one when I was a kid (for school? maybe) and then it lay dormant in my mind until this past week when it popped up. I suddenly see something relevant in it. Plus it's fun.


by: Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887)

      HIS I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:--
      There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;
      And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged
      A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords
      Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince's banner
      Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.

      A craven hung along the battle's edge,
      And thought, "Had I a sword of keener steel--
      That blue blade that the king's son bears, -- but this
      Blunt thing--!" he snapped and flung it from his hand,
      And lowering crept away and left the field.

      Then came the king's son, wounded, sore bestead,
      And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,
      Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,
      And ran and snatched it, and with battle shout
      Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,
      And saved a great cause that heroic day.

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