David Harris

(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

A Bold Knight

He rode is gallant steed
the sun reflecting off his breastplate.
He rode into the dragon’s den
to rid his precious homeland
of the monster that stalked it there.

This bold knight whose armour
glinted in the sun
rode high upon his steed
and would soon be
a hero to everyone.

Many had died at the breath
of this monstrous beast,
now one man
with the courage of a lion
would soon end the rein of terror.

Dismounting from his steed,
sword and shield in hand
approached the monster’s lair.
A sheet of flame emerged from within the cave,
and then came the bellowing roar.

The dragon emerged
and studied the silver figure
that stood before him.
He blew a gust of flame.
The knight raised his shield reflecting the fire.

The knight advanced
towards the beast
that towered over him.
Before the dragon
could blow more fire.

The knight rushed forward
and thrust his sword deep
within the dragon’s belly.
The dragon reared up
its wings flapped in a gallant gesture
before it fell silent to the ground

The beast that had terrorised
his beloved lands now lay slain
by this mighty knight’s hand.
No more would it scorch
his beloved land.

24 April 2008

Submitted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008

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  • Gnossienne (4/12/2014 12:35:00 PM)

    St.George the patron saint of England has protected the land and captivated my imagination. (Report) Reply

  • Bob Gibson (7/13/2008 2:46:00 PM)

    So that's why we never see dragons anymore!
    breast plated knights with their unwritten law
    to oust the fiery beasties that carried off our bains
    but to see a fiery dragon, oh! how my heart yearns! (Report) Reply

  • Emancipation Planz (5/13/2008 4:48:00 PM)

    Dear D-Dave.. I have been away too long... glad I rode in for this treat... dragons and knights and oh so nice... (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (5/11/2008 5:18:00 PM)

    I always think there's something rather special about the word 'bold'. Your poem takes the reader back in time, to days of chivalry and clunking armor and the passion and drama of hand to hand combat. A fine addition to your imaginative collection David.
    love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • JoAnn McGrath (5/10/2008 8:35:00 PM)

    I feel like I was reading a little but of Tolstoy there for a moment...I'm with Linda...loved the movie 'The Dragon Slayer' and all the old knights tales (Report) Reply

  • Linda Ori (5/10/2008 10:45:00 AM)

    Ah, David - this one is right up my alley! I love all the knight/dragon tales, being a die-hard fan of all the King Arthur legends. This is superbly written, wonderful imagery throughout - reminded me of a scene from the movie 'The Dragon Slayer' - (or was it from 'Merlin'?) Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this one - thank you!
    Linda :) (Report) Reply

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