Silent Knight

He led men through fields of flower and fruit
now a war-torn place where death’s taken root
with the purest of hearts, so serene and kind
he cried for friends that were now left behind.
With scarlet wounds from battle, fire, and blade
the Knight knelt on one knee whilst he prayed
solemn words merged, with blood like an embrace
head bowed, eyes closed, tears streamed on face.

“O Lord of Heaven, most Holy,
I am but your Soldier, lowly
with honor, I serve a throne
to King who’s flesh and bone
this battlefield, quiet grave
to the men, we could not save
sacrifice for Majesty’s crown
to death, ne’er backing down –
I pray You bless every Knight
carry them now, into Your Light.”

Golds and riches, he sought none of these things
having no interest in the stronghold of kings
once boys, now grown, these men marched together
flags waving high, like an archer’s arrow feather.
As horses charged forward like thunder drumming
drawn swords, the men knew, their fate was coming
some with a wife, many with sons and daughters
the young men fell victim to crimsoned slaughters.

A voice from Heaven spoke to him,
sounding sweeter than any hymn –

“Son, I saw the sweeping of swords
husbands of ladies, men of lords
battle bound for a throned nation
shall merely lead to devastation
man waging war and blood release
shall ne’er find everlasting peace
love, stead harsh words and hands
gives freedom to a thousand lands.”

When the words from Heaven’s tongue hath falled
one must ever pay homage, this Knight recalled
for life is a gift, and cannot be bought or sold
one should honor love until our days grow old.
With scarlet wounds from battle, fire, and blade
the Knight collapsed and perished where he laid
a final breath merged with blood like an embrace
now silent, eyes closed, tears streamed on face.

© Literary Remains

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