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A Fallen Knight
by Gwen Dickerson
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The picture is entitled, "To all things there is an end" by artist
Richard Yang of Elfwood Galleries. I asked and was given permission to present it here. Thanks Richard!

A Fallen Knight

A dying sun
glowing in a somber sky
bears witness to my agony

Fragmented thoughts
drift across my mind
tormenting me greatly

This gaping wound
deep within my chest
assures me of an unescapable fate

I am weak and exhausted

from battle
from loss of blood
from this exodus of my life force

Death watches
and confidently awaits
my reluctant surrender

I abhor this "ange de la mort"
only because it comes too soon
much too soon

This ordeal that I face

this journey of unknowing
this untimely departure
this slayer of earthly dreams

has filled my mouth with a taste
of gall-like bitterness

Foiled, are my plans!
Lost, is my beloved!
Unborn, are my children!

I lay here painfully aware
of my inability to reconcile
mistakes of yore

Aware of quests, aborted!
Unsaid goodbyes!
Passions, unsated!

Yet now, my time has come

I am fallen and weary
I will struggle no more
I will lament no more

My only prayer request
is ...that when buried
I be laid
my head toward the West!

Copyright(c)2003 by Gwen Dickerson

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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 6/3/2008
We all struggle to find peace , solitude and clarity of mind. Enjoye the poem...M
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 1/2/2007
I enjoyed your poem.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 8/11/2005
sounds like everyman and woman's struggle and final battle with life, fate itself...a graphic and poignant write, poet...
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 8/11/2005
You obviously know a lot about Celtic mythology Gwen.

I liked the story of this and the "other worldly" feel, and as a Knight in Tarnished Armour myself I felt for the guy.
Reviewed by Don Baird 8/17/2003
This is poetic and it's highest level. Story line, presentation............ nice.
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 8/15/2003
Splendid masterpiece !
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 8/12/2003
Great write Gwen :0)
Reviewed by The Gentle Man 8/12/2003
Very nice indeed Gwen.......thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by Toris Okotie 8/12/2003
nicely written, well expressed and quite a lovely picture.
Reviewed by Marco Landi 8/11/2003
this is a wonderful work of art brava
Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington 8/10/2003
Keep thy pen in hand, mi'lady. For thy words do proudly form to fit any a knightly tale.
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 8/10/2003
Gwen this is a terrific poem, before I read your comment about facing west. I thought the knight was facing west because of the setting of the sun. peace
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 8/10/2003
Very nice!
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/10/2003
One piece....fantastic write!!!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 8/9/2003
Ditto....great work.
Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 8/9/2003
This is a good poem , Gwen. Yes, the knight is bound to live again.. painful and delightful.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/9/2003
Absolutely Wonderful..outstanding!

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 8/9/2003
Most Interestingly So Good!

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 8/9/2003
Brilliant work Gwen ... enjoyed very much!

Reviewed by Ray Harris (Reader) 8/9/2003
"Death watches
and confidently awaits
my reluctant surrender..."
Very well felt! Such a well written story of life... and death! Thank you for sharing!
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 8/9/2003
"Foiled, are my plans!
Lost, is my beloved!
Unborn, are my children!" OUCH! Elegantly sad writing done with class. This is a masterpiece of painful words. I adore this.

Thank you,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/9/2003
Exquisite write!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 8/9/2003
Note: In ancient times, Kings, noblemen, etc. were often buried with their heads toward the west with the thought in mind that when they "arose/stood up/began" a new life, that they would be FACING EAST, viewing the dawning of a new day/life.

Note: I wrote the poem a few weeks ago, but after finding Richard's poem last week, I rewote the first three lines of my poem to agree with the picture.
Reviewed by Londis Carpenter 8/9/2003
Wonderful. Western Ho!
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 8/9/2003
The picture and the poem are so complementary, and so well done. Excellent.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 8/9/2003
Exquisite!! I am in awe are a master with the pen!!
Brilliant work!!

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/9/2003
Touches the heart and gut. Great write and beautiful painting. I admire the fact that you asked :-)
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 8/9/2003
A knight's prayer at the end of his journey. Just to have his head headed West when placed to rest. How simple the request ... but what an untold story it tells. Very good Gwen. Bill Murray
Reviewed by Trixie Love 8/9/2003
Hi Gwen,
Absolutely beautiful....

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Michael Morash (Reader) 8/9/2003
Oh, oh, this is absolutely brilllliant. Bravo, BRAVO!
Reviewed by Denise Nowakowski 8/9/2003
Very good indeed. I look forward to reading more of your writings.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/9/2003
Gwen, you did the picture proud! A magnificent piece of writing!
Reviewed by Vincent Martin (Reader) 8/9/2003
Milady Gwen...bravo, bravo. Thou hast wirtten a peom that appeals to this poet's very nature; how it sings to my soul...~DarkBard~
Reviewed by Tony Nerone 8/9/2003
Wonderful piece of writing!

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