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The warrior poet

A writer’s challenge
A writer is challenged to challenge the world,
As a soldier is sent off to war,
With paper and ink and a lifetime to write
And advice: Don’t forget who you are.

Yes history records all those men who have fought
In the battle of black and of white,
Their treasure was in neither silver nor gold,
But in words, and with words they could fight.

On pages they lived many days of their lives
And on pages we meet them today,
In stories and poems they were princes and kings
And with letters in ink they could slay.

How old are their gravestones, forgotten their bones,
And their voices will no more be heard
But they live in the lines when again they are read,
In the spell of their own written words.

Yet ink is a potion not many have tried
And its magic is rarely bestowed,
As paint to the painter and stone to the carver
And thread to those gifted to sew.

How  great then the challenge and worthy the call
For a writer to take up his pen.
Go question, go change and go challenge the world,
Go write to the children of men.

Copyright © Rauwolfia van Raaij

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  1. Date: 2/5/2014 12:35:00 AM
    IT impressed me too and congrats on the win, rauwolfia

  1. Date: 12/11/2011 1:58:00 PM
    Okeedokee! This the second of yours I've now absorbed. You speak well of seasons... and thus I'll presume you adore them so. Try this short one o'mine: the Title: "Winter Gone" Best to you... SeaWolf

  1. Date: 12/5/2011 5:01:00 AM
    Your one of the betel poeta on tris site which says alot because there's alot of very good poets on tris site. Congratz on a well crafted poem. Brava

  1. Date: 11/12/2011 6:59:00 AM
    My little Warrior Poet:) your poem has power.

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 3:16:00 PM
    This is a great poem. Very well written. I luv the concept !!!!!!! I only wish there was a rating higher than 7.

  1. Date: 7/1/2011 5:28:00 AM
    Oraiginal and phenomenal writing Rauwolfia!!! A keeper in my books . Anne

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 4:07:00 PM
    And certainly as history declares, the pen IS mightier than the sword. The past creats the future and is normally only recorded accurately by the written word. Excelent tribute to those like you..... Ivor

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 11:01:00 AM
    Very nice poem and a tribute to those writers who go to war armed not with a gun but a pen and paper. Mike

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 5:21:00 AM
    Nicely rhymes, nicey written, interesting message, I can't ask muchmore from poem. Very well done.

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 3:10:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your words this morning. They do inspire. Thank you for sharing. Steve