David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

APED: "battle of the trident"

Wind on water, hair on horses,
sweat, exhaustion, growing fear,
death or glory at the Trident,
men in battle, steel on steel.

Lion, Dragon, Robert, Rhaegar,
nameless soldier in the field.
One gained death. One gained a kingdom.
The soldier did a ruby steal.

Rhaegar's armor, crust with rubies,
crushed beneath a hammer's blow.
Priceless stones into the water.
Soldiers scrabble in the flow.

A ruby's but a rock that glitters.
Death in glory has appeal.
Death, a kingdom, and a ruby --
which man got the better deal?
Tags: a poem every day

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