Freedom's Rare Sanctuary

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like a grumpy ogre the twisted old tree stood guard
notched scraggy boughs reached out in fierce surety
naught had ever compromised its task
in its dutiable charge

the primeval stone held fast the blade
proud and righteous Caliburn
its hilt pointed towards the stars
the just issue of Merlin's resolve

and steadfast keeper of the kingdom
thankless was the ancient tree's post
none would e'er recall its name
no eye would shed a salty drip to its end

nay an honored oath spoken to its passing
still it stood
through the countless sad losses
when the Wee Ones would die in Autumn

such beautiful quiet deaths
falling in color to the forest carpet
one soft exquisite flight to their end
each one by itself

each one dear to the old tree
still it stood fearless and proud
for it alone would be the first to witness
it alone would hear the whisper of the wind

when it breathed the name of the new king
when it blew the name of freedom to the world
when The One slipped the blade from its surly bonds
and the great stone split in righteous temper

knife and knight
blade and banneret
Caliburn and king!
like a grumpy ogre the twisted old tree stood guard





* SECOND PLACE in the "Form S Poetry Contest", Broken Wings, Sponsor. *

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 1/10/2018 3:44:00 AM
An excellent Suzette Prime. Congratulations on your win. Regards, Su
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/10/2018 6:31:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Suzette, I am honored and humbled that you would find it worthy of your prise! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/18/2017 2:35:00 AM
Congratulations on your win, Greg, love the story ~*
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/18/2017 3:09:00 AM
Thank you very much, Eve, I had never written a "Suzette Prime" before - it was a lot of fun! Blessings, Friend! :-)
Date: 8/16/2017 1:41:00 PM
Nice storytelling Greg, congrats on your nice 2nd place win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2017 9:36:00 PM
Thank you very much, John, I very much appreciate that!
Date: 8/16/2017 8:02:00 AM
Congratulations for your win Greg :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2017 9:35:00 PM
Thanks, Heidi - very kind of you, my friend! :-)
Date: 8/16/2017 4:33:00 AM
Congrats for you great win. Well thought out story.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2017 9:19:00 PM
Thank you very much, Victor - much appreciated, friend!
Date: 7/17/2017 6:15:00 AM
Excellent story telling Greg, good luck in the contest
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/17/2017 6:20:00 AM
Thank you, SO - a rare bit of fun, this! (And a new form for me - as most are) - much appreciated!