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Robert J. Lindley, 7-22-2020
Free verse, 
( As The Veil Of Darkness And Grief Was Shattered )
 
 
Note 1 : 
A dear friend on mine, sent me an email requesting that 
I write a free verse poem, one that poet suggested would
rival any of my many sonnets. I always being up to such
a challenge when issued, sat down today and composed this 
new free verse piece. I hope it meets the challenge and 
may indeed show the validity of free verse in poetry,
in its form perfectly capable of offering color, imagery,
depth, beauty, message, purpose and much, much more..  RJL.
 
Note 2: This poem in part was also inspired by my elementary
school reading of Joan of Arc, among that of the other famous
and very brave women that so often faced a most savage world
and triumphed! I having once composed a book report on her 
in my 6th grade class...
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
 Joan of Arc
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Saint Joan of Arc
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Historiated initial depicting Johan of Arc from Archives Nationales, Paris, AE II 2490, allegedly dated to the second half of the 15th century but presumably art forgery painted in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, according to medievalist Philippe Contamine.[1]
Martyr and Holy Virgin
Born Jeanne d'Arc (modern French)
circa 1412
Domrémy, Duchy of Bar, Kingdom of France
Died 30 May 1431 (aged approx. 19)
Rouen, Normandy
(then under English rule)
Venerated in
Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion[2]
Beatified 18 April 1909, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome by Pope Pius X
Canonized 16 May 1920, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome by Pope Benedict XV
Feast 30 May
Attributes Armor, banner, sword
Patronage France; martyrs; captives; military personnel; people ridiculed for their piety; prisoners; soldiers; women who have served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service); and Women's Army CorpsSignature.
Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc[3][4] pronounced [?an da?k]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431),[5] nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée, a peasant family, at Domrémy in northeast France. Joan claimed to have received visions of the archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The unanointed King Charles VII sent Joan to the Siege of Orléans as part of a relief army. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's consecration at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.
 
On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the Burgundian faction, a group of French nobles allied with the English. She was later handed over to the English[6] and put on trial by the pro-English bishop Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges.[7] After Cauchon declared her guilty, she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age.[8]
 
In 1456, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, debunked the charges against her, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr.[8] In the 16th century she became a symbol of the Catholic League, and in 1803 she was declared a national symbol of France by the decision of Napoleon Bonaparte.[9] She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. Joan of Arc is one of the nine secondary patron saints of France, along with Saint Denis, Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Louis, Saint Michael, Saint Rémi, Saint Petronilla, Saint Radegund and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
 
Joan of Arc has remained a popular figure in literature, painting, sculpture, and other cultural works since the time of her death, and many famous writers, playwrights, filmmakers, artists, and composers have created, and continue to create, cultural depictions of her.
*********** The Epic Vow, The Long Journey, And Destination Found Her vow was to remain alive ... stoke furiously the aching fires not weep tears that splattered ancient grounds no longer a vassal of state, nor apathy chained walk deliberately, instead of in moaning pain from within a hell-cast inferno, into the welcoming arms of hope and joyous dreams bathing in sun-birthed rays that arrive as gems sent from the heavens and singing skies a survivor... asking not pity nor wealth ... She then journeyed east, traversing dusty roads and mountainous terrain accepting life and its hollow victories enduring lonely nights and unmerciful flaming cauldrons of ever surging pains Forever seeking ... that home of memory and lost dream, a vagabond and a wanderer in the dark courageous beyond the heroic arc ... true to love not realizing, many never find the right path or needed illuminations to stop upon the meadow'ed fields of heart's gift ... Her trek, sought light of the golden cup, desireth of romance and magnificent taste wine pressed by Olympic gods ... flowers born from Pan's wondrous flute serenity and paradise accepting life's true worth ... As the years ever forward raced, her speed set her to a merest crawl feet trudging stubbornly on ... feeling so close so very, very close she paused for a moment ... there and then it appeared, the rainbow of promised light in the bouquet of dancing moonlight ... Eyelids growing heavy, breath growing weaker, slumber begging its long awaited meal ... she yielded to fate and relief a willing victim of success a warrior borne away on a shield of gold A princess returned to her allotted realm hands clasped in prayer, her heart bearing yet more gifts. Robert J. Lindley, 7-22-2020 Free verse, ( As The Veil Of Darkness And Grief Was Shattered ) Note 1 : A dear friend on mine, sent me an email requesting that I write a free verse poem, one that poet suggested would rival any of my many sonnets. I always being up to such a challenge when issued, sat down today and composed this new free verse piece. I hope it meets the challenge and may indeed show the validity of free verse in poetry, in its form perfectly capable of offering color, imagery, depth, beauty, message, purpose and much, much more.. RJL. Note 2: This poem in part was also inspired by my elementary school reading of Joan of Arc, among that of the other famous and very brave women that so often faced a most savage world and triumphed! I having once composed a book report on her in my 6th grade class...

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Date: 7/24/2020 4:38:00 PM
I have always found Jeanne's story compelling. Was it madness that drove her on, or sheer unwaivering belief in her God. I love this poem Lindley. I have added it to my favourites. I have thing for this woman, she is a mystery.
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Date: 7/25/2020 7:01:00 AM
Thank you my friend. One must acknowledge that she spoke of hearing angelic voices that directed her to do battle against those evil forces that eventually captured and burned her alive, a martyr's hideously painful death. She is truly a mystery and her courage is beyond doubting, imho. Thanks for the fav, that is a truly great gift given to me, my friend. God bless.
Date: 7/23/2020 7:50:00 AM
Wow, Robert, your poetry takes one on a historic journey, where the reader becomes one with the poem, loving every ally way of intrigue. A master in this art you surely are...
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Date: 7/23/2020 8:27:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I did desperately seek to give a free verse poem worthy of the friendly challenge that was issued.. Whether it merits a rating as a clear success in that endeavor yet remains to be seen. God bless...
Date: 7/23/2020 7:48:00 AM
Wow, Robert, your poetry takes one on a historic journey, where the reader becomes one with the poem, loving every ally way of intrigue. A master in this art you surely are...
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Date: 7/23/2020 8:27:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I did desperately seek to give a free verse poem worthy of the friendly challenge that was issued.. Whether it merits a rating as a clear success in that endeavor yet remains to be seen. God bless...
Date: 7/23/2020 5:47:00 AM
Hello, Robert! This is your finest work! A true epic of the journey of the soul and so rich, packed with many truths and such beautiful images! Wonderful!!
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Robert Lindley
Date: 7/23/2020 7:09:00 AM
Thank you my friend. A poet can only ink out that which both heart and soul reveals. If it measures fairly- that poet is then delighted to be so truly blessed. God bless...