Lullaby for Thermopylae

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With thanks to W.B. Yeats for the 'blood-dimmed tide' line :-)
 
 
Rest your weary head soldier,
lay your spear at your side.
The odds are stacked against you,
the rocks can no longer break
the blood-dimmed tide.
 
Your shield is your pillow,
but it cannot protect you
from the darkness behind closed eyes.
Or a sky made black by arrows
and the endless stare of brothers left to die.
 
Tomorrow you will stand
and tomorrow you will fight.
Body tense and spear primed
you’ll make your final stand
and die at Thermopylae

◄ La Sombra

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Joy France

Sun 16th Jan 2011 21:54

I enjoyed this - I always enjoy your poems but this was very different!

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Steven Kenny

Sun 16th Jan 2011 01:11

Thanks for the comment Alan! I've not seen any of those films for ages but have always been interested in the Thermopylae myth.

As for inspiration, not sure, the idea just popped into my head, so I wrote :-)

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alan barlow

Fri 14th Jan 2011 19:06

one of my current favourite topics i have been looking into all things greek and historical of late, do i assume that you watched 300, troy and alexander the other week as well ???

i like it by the way was it the yeats line that inspired the write ? i love it when a simple quote or picture inspires you and you dont have to go "looking" for it i like it

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Steven Kenny

Fri 14th Jan 2011 18:17

Yes it should John! Fixed it!

Thank-you very much for your comment

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John Coopey

Fri 14th Jan 2011 16:59

Excellent Steve
Just a minor thought though - should it be lay and not lie in line 2.

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