Gabrielle Ciarann Roniyah Baer

(July,1951 / Ohio)

Only a Legend


Of course, its only a legend,
of a silver haired magus [sorcerer, wizard, knight]
the long ago galaxy believed dead [dishonored, defeated, destroyed]
who waited
learning patience from timeless sands,
learning power from mad whirl-winds,
learning peace from crystal nights.

Only a Legend
of a golden-pale youth, [seedling, future, hope]
that long ago galaxy did not believe alive [growing, surviving, thriving]
who dreamt
seeing distant worlds in crystal star fields,
seeing far glories in shimmering dunes,
seeing unknown beauty in shadowed sunsets.

Only a Legend
of a dark, bitter lord [madman, monster, murderer]
the long since galaxy named Terror [omnipotent, infallible, insane]
who lost
forsaking day for deepest night,
forsaking honor for bleak pride,
forsaking the way for an empty path.

Only a Legend
of a braggart pirate [pilot, schemer, smuggler]
that long past galaxy called Reckless [swaggerer, cold-heart, cynic]
who knew
the chance for change when he saw it,
the risk of his word when he gave it,
the gamble of his life when he took it.

Only a Legend
of a dark eyed lady [princess, rebel, orphan]
the long vanished galaxy thought Lost [bereft, helpless, and undone]
who won o'er
the peace of the self-less magus,
the dream of the golden-pale youth,
the terror of the dark, bitter lord,
the schemes of the braggart pirate.

Only a Legend of a long ago galaxy
where a magus smiled,
where a youth soared,
where a lord failed,
where a pirate crowed,
where a lady laughed
where a victory paid for the life of a world.

Of course, it is only a Legend.

written in June' 79

Submitted: Friday, May 08, 2009

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