Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Siege Perilous: The Christian Warrior Ethos

When many imagine the age of chivalry, they think of movies watched, or books read. Stories of knights and ladies. Dragons and trolls. Robin Hood. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Or perhaps you envision, as I do, the romantic and epic scenes of Waterhouse paintings depicting courtly love and mystical ladies …

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Resurrecting the Christian Knight (an introduction to the Chivalric Code)

The valley was festooned with armor, weapons and chariots. And bones. The bones of fallen warriors were littered everywhere, half buried in the sand. There were vary many. And they were very dry. Not only had the bodies been severed in battle, but since that fateful day the wolves, the lions, the bears, and the …

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MERCY: A Dan Direach of Tròcair

Blessed are the merciful- They are true nobility- For they shall receive mercy This is God’s great guarantee Give it- Never plead for it- In noble knightly fashion Cowards are cruel in combat Courageous show compassion When we fail in courtly love May Mercy bear us witness May Grace prepare her banquet Where we feast …

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Why I write structured poetry rather than free verse.

Why I write structured poetry rather than free verse. Today I had a dear and lifelong friend send multiple videos of slam poetry to me. each of the videos were of young white upper middle class women throwing tantrums about first world problems. They were talented in their art and the performances were exceptional. But …

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LOVE: A Dan Direach of Gaol

Love- The bond of unity- Calls us to integrity Lifts souls out of poverty Manifests Divinity We war- not for hate of those whom against us have aligned We war for the selfless love Of those at home behind I will that I will not love Self in my queen’s company but love her in …

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JUSTICE: A Dan Direach of Ceartais

May justice flow like rivers With ravenous wanderlust And let judgment fall like rain On the just and the unjust Those of us who bare the sword Know peace has not come bloodless We bare not the sword in vain Armastice comes by justice We covenant our courage War prowess and power To protect the …

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DISCERNMENT: A Dan Direach of Lèirsinn

Power to see the unseen Free my mind from internment Grant me this gift of wisdom- Spiritual discernment Just as the scorched and salty Sailor reads the firmament Teach me to read the battle read rivals in tournament You call to me with sweetest voice To love in peace and quiet But if I scorn …

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PERSERVERANCE: A Dan Direach of Buanseasmhacht

Though I fall I shall arise For falling is not failing Where some survive, I will thrive Into the tempest sailing Two parents- Plenty and Peace Cradle their quibbling Coward But Suffering and Hardship Raise Warriors empowered When the Tempter tries our love And seeks our souls to sever We will welcome winds with wings …

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Honesty: A Dan Direach of Ionracas

By truth you are sanctified In knightly ascendency by no richer legacy than honest integrity In war too walk thou honestly but avoid transparency Walk truthfully with allies Shroud your steps from the enemy Only Speak the truth in love and learn, your tongue to harness May you learn that silence is The ally of …

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SUBMISSION: A Dan Direach of Taisceadh

The beauty of chivalry is a kind disposition from a man of great power- A knight’s willful submission Never ask, “Who shall serve me?” When joining in the battle Rather ask, “Whom shall I serve?” For God exalts the humble Submit all your might and main to your lady to command earn her favors, setting …

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