The Sword Bleeds

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Oh now the sword bleeds!

Drips down the dark blood.

Oh there go all the valiant deeds,

The warrior is lowered into the mud.


It remembers the fiery chambers,

The torturous furnace,

The flying embers,

It was forged in the gloomy days.


It remembers when it the warrior chose to wield,

Gave it in his scabbard a place.

It travelled with him over hill over field,

Oh! How it would glow in the sun’s bright rays.


Fought he many a war,

He had ambitions great,

But forgot what he stood for,

Until it was too late.


Set out to conquer the world,

His lust conquered him,

Everytime his banner unfurled,

Grew larger his dream.


Horns were sounded,

decorated was the king’s abode,

Onto his horse he mounted,

And for the last time rode.


The oppressed army revolted,

From his stallion he fell,

On his inner eye his journey unfolded,

As truth shone, his lust was quelled.


He died with tears in his eyes,

As he saw what he had done,

While the sword gave him the final goodbye,

Nothing had he truly won.


Oh now the sword bleeds!

Drips down the dark blood.

Oh there go all the valiant deeds,

The warrior is lowered into the mud.



So after a long break from writing, here is my attempt to write a story in verse.

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Published by Ishaan Sharma

Hello There! My name is Ishaan, and I am a poet with a wandering imagination. I travel my wide thoughts and pen them down. I look forward to hearing from you!

19 thoughts on “The Sword Bleeds

    1. Thank you!
      😃I realised that the time I posted it at was when few people would be reading, so I switched it to draft and reset the time and published it again.
      On clicking edit on a post there is a “Draft” option, which unpublishes it.
      Then in post setting you can set the time to publish immediately and click publish.

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      1. Thank you so much for informing, even I realised that most people haven’t read my old posts, so I copied the same posts and published them again, but this will surely help me more, once again, thank you😀.
        Stay safe!

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        1. You bet. It technically an English poem, I believe. It comes from England, but is written in a language no one speaks anymore. There are a lot of good translations though. I recommend the one by Seamus Heaney.

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        2. It was written about a thousand years ago. I think that England was Christian by that time, but that doesn’t really play into the poem. The only other English epic poem I know of is The Gododdin, which I have not read.

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