when I first met her
it was on the road to our homeland
the sun shone bright
and the birds sang praises to the gods
she and I shared words
of beauty
written on the pages
with our blood in the ink

when next I met her
she cupped her hands
around an ember of my heart
and breathed courage across it
a flame danced and flickered
in the dark of my doubt
and so lit the way for my dreams to walk

when last I met her
it was on the road to war
I stood by
as she leaned upon a shattered fence
I attended her wounds
while she caught her breath
and it was my honor
to hold her shield while
the pain of battle ebbed
in her weary limbs

and while tears dried upon her cheek
I renewed my oath
and I
will walk with her
toward home

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13 Responses to Ally…

  1. Kindra M. Austin says:

    A bazillion hearts! ❤️❣️❤️

  2. aflawedpearl says:


  3. MurderTrampBirthday says:

    Aww— this makes me melt ❤

  4. I love this. #mast ❤

  5. Reblogged this on Lemon Shark Reef and commented:
    I love this poem. It’s written by the wonderful poet and talented storyteller, Eric Syrdal. As it is with many pieces by this author, “Ally” speaks to me.

    Enjoy this gorgeous piece and all Eric’s poetry at his blog, My Sword and Shield. ❤

    Definitely check out his new release, Pantheon, an epic tale beautifully told in free verse. Available here: Amazon US / Amazon UK

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