With Death in the Blood

By Fabrice B. Poussin

 

Ice flows through the veins of the lost knight

dressed in a steel armor melting under the heat

of wars never-ending.

 

He sees the damsel upon the inside visor

crushed within the metal as a prison

fearing it is too late.

 

Never will he abandon the quest

ignorant of the perils laid upon the road

until a final gasp from the tired breast.

 

Upon the form of eternal hillsides

to the deep valleys lush with endless hope

he senses the warmth of another life.

 

Guided by messages carved on wall of galaxies

he needs no other sign to lead his weary steps

to the prize in Avalon.

 

There is no need for ever-after to this warrior

for he will be content to die on the threshold of her domain

when she simply fells the rampart solely for him.

 

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and other publications. 

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