Path of Heroes Sestina

(A sestina is a 7 stanza poem. The first 6 stanzas have 6 lines where the final word of each line is used in each position once.  It ends with a 3 line stanza with two of the words in each line.)

Heroes stepping upon the path
Some blind and others with purpose
All began unknowing of fate
One by one they join the battle
Driven forward by courage
Warding off the constant threat of death

One born with no sense of death
Another raised to walk her path
A youth depending upon his courage
The prince in search of purpose
A veteran of many battles
And a girl dragged into the whim of fate

Together they are bound by fate
Knowing at least one will be greeted by death
United for every battle
Keeping each other on the path
Friendship hardening their purpose
And bolstering their courage

Many times they will need courage
As their enemies chip away at fate
Those dedicated to a darker purpose
Starting with a being cloaked in death
Who follows his master’s path
And calls demons into battle

Forces clash in battle
Targeting their will and courage
Each one on a path
Questioning if its choice or fate
The answer coming with death
A prophecy of conflicting purpose

Who has the truer purpose
Will the answer come with a final battle
The only solution death
Or the shattering of courage
Viewed by the craftsman of fate
That has spent centuries watching this path

A duel of purpose that depends on courage
Leading to a battle of fate
To discover whose path will lead to death


This did feel a little clunky, especially since I picked some tough words to reuse.  The poem depends on both repetition and ingenuity.  Obviously, I did this about Legends of Windemere and I hope I did my series justice.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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13 Responses to Path of Heroes Sestina

  1. L. Marie says:

    Wow! Excellent! That must have been very hard to write! How long did it take you to write that?


  2. This was very complex. Yes, you did your series justice and wow, am I impressed.


  3. V.M.Sang says:

    Most impressed, Charles. Well done. I doubt I could do that!


  4. I really enjoyed your poem. Even without knowing the series intimately, it resonated with me.


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