Category Archives: Poetry

Al-Tawil of the Moon

In the forest, alone tonight The shadows dance with your moonlight The moon, the earth’s great satellite Illuminates, to my delight The icy crystals, you excite The darkest forest, you ignite In this, your glow, our souls unite Embrace me here till the twilight

This Day I call to me

From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate -8th Century This day I call to me: God’s strength to direct me: God’s power to sustain me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s vision to light me, God’s ear to my hearing, God’s word to my speaking, God’s hand to uphold me, God’s pathway before me, God’s shield to protect …

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For My Shield

From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate -8th Century AD For my shield this day I call: Heaven’s might, Sun’s brightness, Moon’s whiteness, Fire’s glory, Lightning’s swiftness, Wind’s wildness, Ocean’s depth, Earth’s solidity, Rock’s immobility.  

Master Johannes Liechtenauer’s Prologue to His Zettel (or poem) entitled “The Chivalric Art of Fencing” from the early 15th Century

Germany- 15th Century This is a general introduction for the unarmored fencing on foot, so remember this correctly. Young knight learn, to love god and women, so your honour may grow. Practice chivalry and learn arts that adorn you as well as serving you in conflict. Wrestle well, bear glaive, spear, sword and knife manfully …

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The Warrior Poet- Dán Díreach Poetry

When, at long last, I decided to stop reading and meditating on the Chivalric Code and to begin the work of the creative process, I felt so passionately about it that I decided to find a complex poetry form from Europe, and from the time period in history when Chivalry was being codified, to lend …

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The Trichotomy of Chivalry

let us take a moment here to first look at the triquetra that is the Creator. Then we will explore the Triskelion that is Man. Finally we will recognize the trichotomy of Chivalry. The Triquetra of the Creator In the monotheistic, Abrahamic religious traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, there is only one God. While …

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Chivalry Codified: A Survey of the Sources

When many think of a warrior code, the “Bushido”- or the Japanese “Way of the Warrior”- is the first thing to come to mind. The bushido is the Code of virtues that the ancient Samaria warrior was to keep. While the virtues of the Bushido were exemplified in the ancient legends of the Samaria, they …

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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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