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Robin Hood

Robin Hood

It was in the time of John
In the days that have long gone
When the plight of right and wrong
A test was set

It took a man of iron will
To battle on until
A nation he would thrill
They’d ne’er forget

For John was all consumed by greed
He over taxed those most in need
Pleas of the peasants wouldn’t heed
How they’d shout

Though against his deep belief
Robin became a famous thief
To muster hope and some relief
For those without

Stepped forward Robin Hood 
With his motives understood
He set out to do some good
For the poor

To his side a band of men
Some of sword and some of pen
Gathered round him, planned and then
Evened the score

High adventures, escapades
Among the woods and leafy glades
As Robin led his daring raids
He did surprise

Pouncing on the shallow rich
From every tree and bush and ditch
Relieving them of every stitch
To equalize

When the news to John was brought
He ordered Robin must be caught
Example to the people taught
To keep them bound

Soldiers he sent out in the wood
Blundered about, it was no good
No sight or sound of Robin hood
Was to be found

With a price upon his head
Wanted both alive or dead
Not a clue did one man shed
As to his lair

For all good men could plainly see
Through his selective robbery
It was the way it had to be
To make life fair

For their king old England yearned
And when at last Richard returned
He found a lesson had been learned
Of how to rule

Of your people earn their trust
Let your reign be fair and just
And remember that you must
Ne’er be cruel

Though a saint he’d never be
For he’d robbed to set men free
From the awful tyranny 
Of evil John

Still he’s hard not to admire
Whether surf or land-borne squire
To his height try to aspire
Everyone

When he knew that he would die
He shot an arrow through the sky
Where it stuck he wished to lie
Next Sherwood oak

Though the truth may now be faint
And the story old and quaint
He remains a noble saint 
To all good folk.








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  1. Date: 5/10/2013 8:14:00 PM
    If there ever was a female Robin Hood,,, she would be just like me. then I'd go out and buy all the shoes in the world. I am a shoe lover before a saint... LOL... love~ LINDA

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 12:23:00 AM
    A captivating and thorough read of the story of Robin Hood. The rhyme scheme looked difficult to pull off... but you made it seem easy. I'm not sure what contest this was for, but judging by the amount of congratulations, you did pretty well. I really enjoy your insightful visits, my friend... means a lot to me!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:16:00 PM
    Pleased to hear you liked the contest, Richard. I now have a blog offering a few additional comments of mine on the contest.

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 9:46:00 AM
    Congrats on your deserving win Richard~A.O

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 8:02:00 AM
    I enjoyed your story Richard...congratulations.... Donna

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:42:00 AM
    Nice poem. Congrats.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 6:45:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading again Richard. Congrats

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 6:21:00 PM
    One of my fav characters! Congrad's on Your Win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 1:43:00 PM
    You are a great story teller!! Congratulations, Richard !

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 12:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Isaiah's contest. Good entry, Richard. :)

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 11:58:00 AM
    Congratulations, Richard! The form looks familiar, but I can't identify it for certain, kind of like a Rubaiyat pattern, I think. Good job on a classic.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Roy, it's no good asking me what the pattern is, I'm hopeless and clueless at all the techno side ha ha, I just go with whatever comes to mind.
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:15:00 AM
    Richard, Congratulations :-) with your awesome win in Isaiah's "Pull the Wool Over My Eyes!" contest :-) always a fan: > LINDA < :

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am pleased and thank you. The style was a thought at how it might have been told, and at the same time a form I've not done before as per your contest. The contest by the way was a great idea to set.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you my Sweet Dark Friend, likewise at fan
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:06:00 AM
    This poem is very well written. I think it closely imitates the ballad style of those days. Anyway, I really like this poem, and I am sure you will be pleased to hear that it won first place in my contest! Congratulations!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    There you go. Have just put my reply to you in PDs lol. clot I is
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Right on. This was a long poem, but a pleasure to read. Please keep writing some more beautiful Poems. Many blessings..... Lucilla

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Lucilla, Pleased you made it to end lol,
  1. Date: 4/13/2013 12:38:00 PM
    A compelling narrative. Well-crafted epic!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for comment Ndaba, appreciated
  1. Date: 4/12/2013 12:03:00 PM
    the best kind of poems, are told here on the soup ~*~SKAT

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes they are Skat, I'm always knocked out by what I read on here.
  1. Date: 4/11/2013 10:57:00 AM
    You are a story-teller too...cool.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    One way or another I think we are, Thanks for the comment
  1. Date: 4/8/2013 6:32:00 PM
    This is really good richard, enjoyed the adventure.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 1:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Richard, it's an adventure we can all relate too
  1. Date: 4/7/2013 5:28:00 PM
    Wonderfully written and fun to read poem. A few years ago I read the tale written in old English and enjoyed the style.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 4/19/2013 1:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'ts a great story in any style, have read a few diff ones myself, thanks for the comment David
  1. Date: 4/7/2013 4:31:00 PM
    Always love Robin Hood, who doesn't, I also liked the story you weaved. thank you for reading Beauty Queen, JonBenet Ramsey was six at the time of her death.,,,, I will be reading more of your words for sure ;}

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