Bravely He set out to play

A questing Knight on a summer’s day

With rope he tied his wagon to the brightest daytime star

A rolled up map to guide him on his journey far

There were dots and dashes and so much more

X marked the spot of buried gems galore

The wagon was empty

The Knight hadn’t a care

Only to wander and to search

All that was out there

He discovered a stone from the castle of Arthur

An arrow from Robin Hood’s bow

Even the Captain’s hook that Peter took

When he was young and bold

And so many more besides them

At the very least forty and four times four

He marked the map with this and that

Each time to the wagon he added a prize

That very first X…

The one that marked the pirate’s private spot…

Soon it was hidden amongst so many others

And his wagon was heavy

With all he had collected along the way

And the Knight was lost

Surrounded by forest

In the heat of the summer

And nary a breeze

Only the hum of cicadas stirring the trees

With weary arms and downcast eyes

He paused for a spell

In the dragons shadow that long ago fell

Silence descended

What would He do

Dwarves and giants

Threatened his quest

The great unknown would never let him rest

A lone leaf from overhead

Drifted through the air

Coming to rest upon the ground

And with it a notion he discovered

A plan did now appear

His eyes burned with excitement

The fire he did not fear

He must climb the mountain

Search the horizon far and wide

And know the way that called to him

From somewhere deep inside

The map with all its marks was useless to him now

The wagon laden with objects of the past

Was nothing but a burden on this new journey that He faced

Each thing must be left behind like an X upon the parchment

If He would reach the pinnacle

And begin to find his truth

So, bravely He set out to play

A questing Knight on a summer’s day

One step at a time

His tired legs did climb

Leaving the map and the path…

Letting go…

Of the castle stone

…the mighty staff

…the protective cloak

And oh so very much more…

Until, at last he reached the very top

Looking over all the way that He had come

His wagon long empty now

Light as a feather in the fading sun…

Yet his heart was overflowing

Eyes open and searching below

As a smoky mist curled up high

Marking an X in the evening sky

There was the treasure!

So true and so prized

Heart racing wildly

He jumped in the wagon

Pushed off with his feet

He steered with great care

Down the face of the mountain

Quickly he sped….

As It all flew passed him

Every great moment

That lead to this one here and now

The darkest forest

…raging seas

….wisdom of silence

……..knowing breeze


His wagon slowed and stopped

Before the waiting door

Wide and joyfully it opened

To He…so brave…

And there waited She….

She who gathered him to herself

As the treasure that He was

In a sweet embrace

And a gentle kiss to his dirt smudged face

How I’ve missed you So

My dear brave knight

While you have been so long away

Tell me…

Wherever did you go

Whatever did you see

On this fine fine summer’s day

And He began to tell the tales

Of the beastly and magical moments won

As She listened and loved

And loved and listened

Well beyond the setting of the summer sun…


ellie894 December 18, 2018

68 thoughts on “My Dear Brave Knight

  1. Such a wonderful tale, inspiring so many thoughts! His canine friends were with him, I hope, protecting him from dwarves and giants? The photos were lovely and evocative of the quest…. When I was about 12, I buried a small tin of silver coins behind an old barn on our property in Virginia, and made a map with secret clues to find it. A few years later I tried to find that tin and couldn’t. Treasures do exist, but they may not be the ones we seek….

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    1. Thank you! His friends are always nearby, as am I. 😊 What a wonderful thing to do – bury treasure! I’m sorry you weren’t able to recover it. But I wonder who will discover your prize and get lost in imagining who placed it there and why. You’ve created a mystery! Yes, they really do…. may you find great treasure in this day 😊

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      1. I was very disappointed, at the time, not to find the tin full of coins. Now it gives me pleasure to think that another 12-year-old with a metal detector might find a buried treasure…. Thank you for sharing the treasure of your poems! 😊

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    1. Nisha, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. I just found your sweet comment in my spam folder. Thank you so very much for your kind thoughts. May your New Year bring all good things! ❤️


  2. I think I’d like to sit and listen to that fine doggo tell me of “tales of the beastly and magical moments won.” Or was it tails? No matter, the legend of the Knight was a treasure, pun intended, of course. 🙂

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    1. Tales of tails and tails of tales…truth be told are often the same 🙃 and usually worth the time spent listening as he is quite the tail teller. Ten tail wags and Thank you so very much! 😊

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    1. I’m delighted that you liked it so well! Thank you for taking such time with it and for the kind words. 😊. I shall do my best, and a moon coming full as well, so pretty up there, thank you. Rest well and save the adventure for tomorrow 💫

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    1. Thank you Liz! He is a dear. He arrived unexpectedly on Christmas Day a few years ago. I saw him zoom by the window. When I went out to investigate, there he was so hungry and thin and hoping for a home. I have no idea where he came from or how he found me…but here he is! Take care, suzanne ❤️

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      1. Thank you Suzanne! I do have stars and a beautiful moon here in Northern Virginia. Rain coming…so I must enjoy the heavens tonight.

        I wish for you a grand evening as well!

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      2. Yes, yes, so very true. I find the woods to have a cathedral like quality the way they tower protectively over you. But I also love the open places where I can see the sky. They do all have a wonder to them, don’t they?

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      3. You made me smile. There are just so many beautiful things to see. I think I could get up every day and write – I love the way… and always have something new to add. Actually I often do write that way by hand.

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  3. AHHHH! This is soooo wonderful! I kept giggling thinking wouldn’t it be incredible if that was what he was thinking during his lovely romp through the woods?!! Who knows? Thank You for starting my day so joyfully! Cheers!💖

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      1. Wow!!! It’s absolutely my pleasure and I LOVE the wagon full of treasured thanks! That’s the coolest phrase. You just zinged a huge smile back at me. A smile circle….Yay!!! Thank You! A brilliant day to You as well! 🤗💖😊

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