Immortal Name - Poem by Grace Pasco
He chose a life of glory.
He had a choice of peace.
Everyone knows his story
From myths of Ancient Greece.
His fate, known before his birth.
Who he was could not be changed.
To his mother he came first...
Still, his journey was arranged.
His name echoes through the centuries
Because of his well known strength.
Some call it invincibility...
But 'twas to a certain length.
His last few breaths with his dear Briseis
Was cut so very short,
For through his heel came an arrow, Paris'.
Their love for now, they had to abort.
Three arrows came through his chest
But none had caused his demise.
He tore them off like it didn't hurt, .
The pain, unseen in his eyes.
'You gave me peace in a lifetime of war, '
Was what he told his beloved.
How sad it was that they had to part
For their romance had just started.
At last he gave a seashell necklace,
One his mother had made.
She'd rather have him by her side.
'Go', he said, and she obeyed.
Tears cascaded as she sobbed,
While Paris calls her name.
They had to escape for Troy was burning,
Everything, consumed in flames.
'Twas the greatest war,
And he, the greatest warrior.
Both left scars and broken hearts,
And caused many so much terror.
His fate fulfilled after intense anguish.
The name, immortal in many ways.
The name chanted throughout the ages,
Through now and all the coming days.
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