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  A Knight’s Honour
by Peter J. Oszmann
Sunday, December 14, 2008
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A poetic Medieval tale of Honour between friends.

(OK, so this is not a Seasonal story… but it might just make you smile…)










A lonely candle burns in the turret of the Keep,

In vigil stands the Good Knight, all night without sleep,

The lonely candle’s light reflects on his armour

His heart inside his steel beats with fearless ardour.

Ahead of him great battles, maybe a whole decade,

Tomorrow he will join the Holy Crusade.

Glory or death awaits, but oh how cruel is life,

He has to leave behind his darling faithful wife.

A woman left alone is ripe for rival’s prey;

Who would be the foul foe her honour to betray?

Who is the faithful friend he holds in high regard,

One, who would be the guardian, her honour to guard?

The gallant Sir Thal is the only candidate,

A battle tested staunch friend, a truly faithful mate,

Who would protect his wife and guard her chastity

And faithfully and staunchly hold on to the key

Of her chastity belt. – The dawn chased away the night;

Tired from the vigil, but resolute felt the Knight.

The time approached fast to say his farewell to all

And to hand over the key to his trusted friend, Thal.

“Thal, my faithful friend, I trusted you with my life,

Now I trust you to shield the honour of my wife.

Protect and guard her with your life, till my return,

Or till my ashes are carried home in an urn.

I’ll trust you with the key to her chastity belt”.

And with these words - to Thal - at the altar he knelt,

Murmuring a prayer and a thank to his friend,

Before departing to battle, “The Faith” to defend.

Thal was now ready to utter a solemn oath,

With a deep and grave voice to seal an honest troth:

“Tancread, your wife’s honour will be sacred to me,

With my life, if needed, I’ll guard her chastity.”

After a brief embrace Tancread now departed

Ready for a long march, feeling lion-hearted;

But no more than a few hours away from his home

And a long-long way to go, before reaching Rome,

With a fast gallop, a knight appeared from the rear,

Raising in Tancread’s heart a most unwelcome fear.

It was Sir Thal on his charger, shouting aloud

These words that Tancread thought should never be allowed:

“Tancread, Tancread my friend, Tancread you fearless Knight,

You forgot the key… and your wife’s lonely tonight…”


© P. J. Oszmann (2005) (Based on one of my unfinished poems written

in Hungarian ca. 1950)

© Illustration created in Publisher and Photoshop.



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Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 12/21/2008
LOL this is a brillant and enjoyable piece you have written.It was funny and it indeed made me have a smile on my face,well done,take care

Reviewed by Glenda Bixler 12/16/2008
Hah...I loved it!!!

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/15/2008
ROTF!!!!! This is absolutely hysterical! Well done, Peter. Indeed. I knight you, Sir Poet of TickleBone! :)

(((HUGS))) and love, and Happy Holidays,

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/14/2008
Thank you for sharing this "other side" of yourself, Peter. I appreciate your humour. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/14/2008
I laugh & otherwise guffaw,
Till aching was my jaw,
Please don't tell that good knight,
That I did hold a copy of the key,
At least until from his wife I do withdraw...Ed
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 12/14/2008
Excellent!!! Made me laugh loudly! (but 'heart' not 'hart' if you'll forgive me Peter).

I've a very funny true story like this I'll share with you one day.

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