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Joan of Arc

        Joan of Arc

HE speaks, and messengers appear
To innocence of one so young in year
The calling understood, she will not flee
Till France is free of English tyranny 

The struggle long, a hundred years or more
An army tired, sapped of strength by war
She steps into the fray, new hope, inspire
Her words believed, the lighting of the fire

Hoorah, the trepid siege of Orleans broken
Triumphant Gaules their spirit now awoken
Battle proved, proud see her banner fly
On to the capital,  her new war cry 

Though the king be doubtful to her power
Sanctioned he, and blessed her of the hour
There, before the gates and walls so tall
Defending well, Paris refused to fall

Defeated, wounded, weary, drawn, down
Undone, alone, rejected by the crown
Falls into allied hands when out at large
Imprisoned to be tried, on falsehood charge

Religious order sent to set out court
To seek and force the answer that was sort
She, unwavering in her self belief
Her story standing gave them no relief

A minister dispatched to find (his) truth
Then shout her heresy from every roof
A thousand times the question fills her ear
A thousand times she answers without fear

Time was never going to be her friend
None came in aid or cared her to defend
Sent forth to burn in blazing execution
Inglorious was her perfect persecution

True to HIM her love would not betray
For HIM, at the stake, her life she lay
The passing years, gave her soul release
St Joan, now rests in reverence and peace. 



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  1. Date: 10/28/2015 10:05:00 PM

    WOW, This is better than history class. I'm gonna have me a cookie now. Enjoyed the couplets. :), Congratulations...... SKAT
  1. Date: 10/27/2015 12:46:00 PM

    Congrats on your placement in the contest, Richard.
  1. Date: 10/26/2015 3:05:00 PM

    Well done and well written congrats I think I'm a bit late x Wendy
  1. Date: 10/15/2015 4:06:00 PM

    Hey glad to hear you love sunbathing too!! I think you have no poems for me to read. I'll take another quick look. Thanks so much for seeing mine!
  1. Date: 9/19/2015 10:01:00 AM

    This poem is very well written with impeccable imagery and outstanding pros. Emile. #7
  1. Date: 9/16/2015 3:23:00 AM

    Great write for Isaiah's contest, Richard. The line about English tyranny was great. What makes it better? Coming from an Englishman. Good to see history in the light that many do. Good luck.
  1. Date: 9/15/2015 5:57:00 AM

    Good poem!
  1. Date: 9/14/2015 5:25:00 PM

    YOu took a lot of the history and arranged poetically to create a very informative and nicely rhymed poem on Joan of Arc, Richard. I just know this will do very well in his contest.
  1. Date: 9/13/2015 11:36:00 PM

    A great historic piece Richard.
  1. Date: 9/13/2015 10:18:00 AM

    Love the sweeping flow of historical rhyme in this well written piece ... Which does not sound like it came straight from Wikipedia ! Good luck in the contest, Richard.... Bev :)
  1. Date: 9/13/2015 9:52:00 AM

    Very nice write on Joan Richard. Good luck in the contest.