The high symbolism of the day
Has sharpened my senses, so I feel
The spirit and power of my Lord—
And the bounds between worlds wear thin.
But on this Eve of eves,
All created time is Midsummer,
And the borders are opened this night.
Llogres falters in the great Dance;
Arthur stumbles in the race,
And the nation stumbles with him.
With Llogres’ fall upon its way,
Free men cast off their service
To take rough chains upon their wrists.
Britain rises to take Llogres’ place
In the Dance mirrored in the stars,
And other families will rise
To stand in the Pendragon’s stead.
From the mountain of the Lord
The people he had chosen fled in fear;
In awe Moses ran toward it and God.
Here on this isle, the people flee
The Lord and his anointed;
But Arthur runs to the Lord, his Patron,
Yielding for a time his earthly crown
But gaining an eternal name.
This poem, though late in the internal chronology of the series, was probably written quite early, so probably originally my sophomore or junior year of high school. I made some thorough but superficial revisions when I overhauled the whole series, but until some further tweaks this week I didn’t consider it at all presentable. I’m still unsatisfied with some features, but longtime readers know that I can be something of a perfectionist when it comes to my own poetry.
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- “Merlin before Arthur” (shinecycle.wordpress.com)