Ang Guo Wei


Lament Of The Wayward Knight - Poem by Ang Guo Wei

You might see an unkempt knight,
Riding on a donkey in the dark of night,
On a ragged saddle in creaking armour,
With frowning brows and expression sour,
Thus you might wonder aloud at his plight.

Ah! That’s me!
The most dishevelled knight you will see!
With splintered lance and rusty sword,
Living off the land without an overlord.
O, hear my plea!

I was once a knight errant,
Who could do nothing but rant
About my prowess with the lance
And hence
My lord gave me my sole want.

To joust with others
Who were my peers
So I took a springy wood pole
And tried to get through the process whole
O, listen to the jeers!

Caught my eye a duchess did,
So in a bid
To win her fair heart
I made her a present of a hart.
But she said, ”Oh, what a midget! ”
It was true I was of a small size
With hair infested with lice,
But I was brave of heart,
And at least not an abbot chubby with lard,
But she avoided me as if I were full of vice.

I had never felt so disheartened before
But I remembered the stories of ancient lore
Where the hero made his love accept his marriage notions
Through many trials and tribulations
And thus I was encouraged to try some more.

In the end she got tired of me
And got my overlord to see
My ungentlemanly behaviour:
My bullish attempts to woo her
And my overlord did this to me:

Stripped me of my titles and lands;
Shackled my hands;
Brought me to a court trial
Which to me was like going through hell
Then set me off on a pilgrimage in armour with dents.

Thus my attempts to get a wife
Was even more painful than a stab with a knife
For a love precious as a gem,
I have to go in a hopeless pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Ah, the cruelty of life!


You might see an unkempt knight,
Riding on a donkey in the dark of night,
On a ragged saddle in creaking armour,
With frowning brows and expression sour,
But now you would not wonder aloud at his plight.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 26, 2005



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