A King’s Tale

This world of fantasy exists just through that door
A tale of a king can not be a tale that will bore
The king who wore this locket which had magic at its core
His story ended in December on the cold day of four
On this day the Battle of Evensdale left nothing but blood and gore
All the bards to this day share this tale of Evensdale’s lore
It became the day when King Von Brugen became no more
His blood poured on the battlefield.  Not from a dagger wore
Or a slash from a broadsword.  Yet his lifeblood did pour
Instead the end came from the one whose heart was sore
King Von Brugen died with no help from the protective charm he wore
The Battle of Evensdale on this day marked the end of the war
And will be known as the end of the Von Brugen Empire in days of yore
To give his life to save the empire was Von Brugen’s ultimate chore
Protected with a shield emblazoned with his coat of arms of the wild boar
At his side was the broadsword the blacksmith melded from the mountain’s ore
For this mission his wife gave him the magical locket from her secret drawer
With bowed head, the locket was presented as he knelt on the floor
It was given with the promise to protect if he led his soldiers at their fore
He searched for sincerity in her face, as his eyes did pore
Confidently he joined his army as their battle cry did roar
On that day on the battlefield he awaited his foe at the shore
Days waiting in ambush, cautiously silent, not even a snore
Little did Von Brugen know the locket he wore released an evil spore
As he waited, he recalled the day to his brother he swore
As they stood  at the gates of Evansdale’s castle atop the tor
The argument ended with a denial and through the brotherhood it tore
He could not forgive his brother’s part in the act which he did abhor
With heaviness in his heart he thought of these events that he did deplore
Searching for a reasonable answer his mind desperately did he explore
No answer he could find and now their brotherhood was done for
He hadn’t noticed that his wife with his brother had a close rapport
Now on that December day he waited for his brother to come back ashore
King Von Brugen knew that this day would end and the trespass would be no more
Regardless of the discerning act, the faith of his people he was driven to restore
Hoping once again they will greet him in Evensdale echoing with cheers galore
With victory the castle will be swathed with a heroes welcoming decor
Soon King Von Brugen saw his brother’s boat, not to far offshore
Von Brugen mumbled, “I wondered if you would meet me at my door or be it your.”
Von Brugen knew this day would not bring back days like before
With his brother at the helm, each man on the ship manned an oar
Their enthusiasm raised by his brother’s oath as guarantor
A declaration of obvious victory his brother to his men did underscore
King Von Brugen knew this was a challenge he could no longer ignore
Von Brugen shouted, “Why do you fight me, my bother, I implore?”
In response his brother yelled back, “We are not brother’s anymore.”
He continued, “I will no longer stand aside as I have done heretofore.”
Von Brugen and his army charged forward with full, defiant valor
Sadly to say such arrogant infidelity is what led to this war
Soon Von Brugen fell to his knees. The locket’s protection was no more.
He then realized the locket was not for the safety for he that it wore
Soldiers slashed out at him with passion. His title they did ignore.
In those last moments Von Brugen knew his death was due to his lady whore
On the battlefield he lay, his life gone and his kingship was no more
And thus is how Von Brugen became a part of Evansdale’s lore.

This poem is an example of a monorhyme.  A Monorhyme is a poem in which all the lines have the same end rhyme.  This is common in Arabic, Latin, and Welsh works, such as The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, e.g. Qasida and its derivative Kafi. Monorhyme is also used in the third verse of American rapper Jay-Z’s song Already Home
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