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Take Heed

Alone I stand upon a cliff.
Eyes wand’ring o’er the ocean’s drift;
I ponder long on legends great,
E’er ancient kingdoms met their fate.

For long ago, long since forgot,
Fair men of old faced fiery dart
‘Mid battle tumult, standing tall
Til war was won and dragon fall.

Alas! Their sons remembered not,
Nor cared to think of kindred lost,
But rather stopped their ears and said,
“For mine alone I’ll win my bread”.

And so the ancient lands would fall,
Their children conquered, brought to thrall,
Deposed, destroyed, crushed into dust
By their own selfish, wanton lusts.

Thus, as I stand above the shore
And muse upon the tales of yore,
I fear for many of my kin
Who follow swift those former men.

Let not desire take hold your heart
For kingly gain or sovereign’s part,
Lest blind you turn away your gaze
And meet demise e’er break of day.

For from such shade is little hope
To break aside that filthy yoke:
So guard your hearts and steel your souls
To overcome the mortal foe.

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Learn from the past to secure the future

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Written on August 20, 2019

Submitted by Dirhaval on March 08, 2022

1:02 min read

Shelby Minick

Shelby grew up reading from a young age and was encouraged to try her hand at different writing styles throughout her schooling years. She began writing poetry several years ago, and her influences are such poets as Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, and Tolkien, to name a few. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    Epic indeed. I hear echoes of Tolkien in your work. A good read.
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  • lacematurin
    Absolutely beautiful.
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  • Poetbird
    Shelby I'm amazed that you understand that man's conquests are futile. Most people continue to fight for a dream. They are never real. Your wording is fabulous and your knowledge is wonderful in all your phrases. I'm a bit of a rhymer myself so I didn't like the last word of the poem not rhyming but it was an excellent poem. Well done! I hope more people educate themselves on a subject as well as you did this one. Trevor 
    LikeReplyReport 35 months ago
  • BradyB999
    Wonderful piece
    LikeReplyReport 35 months ago
  • rbennis
    Nice structure, the allegory to modern events remind me of how history is forgotten and repeated cruelly.
    LikeReplyReport 35 months ago
  • abielias1
    The world you have created is so strong I can see it vividly. Congratulations on your well-deserved win!
    LikeReplyReport 25 months ago
  • urladee21
    Beautiful poem, congrats on winning
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