A Non-Regular Ode To The Zaporozhian Legion

Raucous flows the Don, full with fire and sword -

Exhausted, two weary warriors alight their horses.
setting up camp for the night, they lay coal and spit.
The King praises Mazeppa for his horsemanship.

Good old boys from beyond the rapids there
foraging… hunting… trapping honey…
seasonally they quit their freebooting ways
to raid for steeds and other delicacies

Transiting celestial planes, Ursa in pursuit
the two ride fast for the ville of Prryndygrystrr
to play at the games, to tilt at la fortuna
I too dream of fortune - ‘round me in tatters

In Sheboygan, city elders drop silvered coins
on roads where grizzled pachyderms promenade
I'll tell you a secret my friend, I began this life
gliding thermals over dancing hills of Cazadero

Forgive pogroms, acquit cleansing crusades
time is ugly… I dare not allow myself to feel
best be autonomous, better severed littoral
weeping acid tears to chisel my topography

Cloak yields dagger, yields fire-filled minds
golden hordes roam wild fields without end
ancient kin of Bosphorus buried now - all one

Kiss me fools, this means I love you.

About this poem

This poem blends elements of Epic poems of the middle ages, modern satire, sexual innuendo, and tid-bits from the author's own life.

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Written on March 10, 2022

Submitted by infodawg on March 10, 2022

Modified on March 24, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 1,106
Words 194
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 1, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 3, 1


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  • AIDA
    Wow! "Raucous Flows the Don" is a powerful and evocative piece of poetry. I love the vivid imagery and the way that the words come together to create a sense of urgency and excitement. The references to history and mythology give the poem a weight and depth that is both impressive and engaging.

    That being said, I think that there are a few areas where the poem could be improved. For instance, some of the stanzas feel a bit disjointed and could benefit from a stronger sense of cohesion. Additionally, while the language is beautiful, there are a few instances where the meaning is a bit unclear.

    Overall, though, I am thoroughly impressed by this piece. The author's talent and passion are evident throughout, and I look forward to reading more of their work in the future.
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