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Bravery Misplaced

Bravery Misplaced

He never admitted he was in real trouble
It was a matter of honor’s noble pursuit
To vanquish the valley’s dastardly dragon
As champion dragon slayer without dispute
 
Perhaps the knight misjudged the size of the dragon
Or misjudged his own strength with poorest strategy 
Either way, his bravery was greatly misplaced
The battle to win became a battle to flee

Upon mountain top the dragon peered, leeringly
The beast sized up the knight with nary a concern
A man wielding lance or sword kept him utterly bored
Fire from his gullet churned, ready to spew and burn

Now, a horse’s instinct decides to fight or flee
Luckily for the knight, his steed took off with speed
As soon as the dragon’s eyes locked on him as prey
The horse ran, with fear’s faculties to intercede

The knight looked behind to find the dragon on his heels
The beast’s determination would surely bring his death
Where his courage once flourished, reality took grip
In a fight for his life, he fled from fiery breath

The dragon’s flight was played as a game, without threat
He knew the knight relinquished fight, feeling disgraced
So he gave a snort, thoroughly bored, and just flew away
The defeated knight accepted his bravery misplaced
 
*Dedicated to my youngest daughter, Ava...who loves
dragons and always roots for them to survive

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Greg Etsell

I love this poem its different
from your other poems
and that's what so great
about it is your book that
comes out next year like
this poem

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Greg...I am glad you liked the change.  I like mythological creatures and the days of gallantry and knights and honor.  My daughter, Ava, loves dragons so I decided to write this for her.  My new book, (as slow as it is coming along..lol) will have a dragon or two in it....and a wyvern which is basically a dragon with two legs instead of four and smaller.  I hope to never lose the magic of imagination and the prospects of days of dragons and legends of the men who sought to face them with courage.  Thanks so much, Greg.  xo ;)

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

HI Lorris!  Thanks!  I wrote this one for my youngest daughter who believes in dragons and wishes they were not extinct today....xo ;)

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Lisa....Thank you.  I know you like dragons too...and all things mythological...lol...I wanted to change directions a bit today.  I appreciate your support.  Narratives are fun to do. xo ;)

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Nigel Cresswell

Hi Cherie, 
I love this piece. As you are so young I am guessing that Ava is a bit young to explain medieval political iconography but you might point out that no dragons were harmed in the creation of this mythology. I love dragons and have one tattooed on my back. Great poem Cherie. 
Nigel 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Nigel...I think the thing about your comments that made me smile the most is that you called me young...Thanks for that!  I am young at heart and maybe that has you fooled...lol.  Yes, my daughter knows that no dragons were hurt in the creation of this mythological poem...lol  I think that is so cool that you have a dragon tattoo.  They are such magical creatures...and I believe they did reign as real a long time ago...and we can still see some of their ancestors through Komodo dragons,crocodiles, and alligators....and my daughter is completely obsessed with them.  Lol  Thans for your support. xo ;)

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Jill Tait

I saw your dragon then luv & will read it tonight when U collect my Maisie from school :) Thanks my Cherie luv 💕💕

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Jill...Thank you!  Dragons just fascinate me...and I am incorporating them in to my latest novel I am writing, set in the Renaissance period.  They get a bad rep but they are known to be intelligent, protective and discerning from legends and myths.  I am so happy that you like it and can share it with Maisie.  Love n Hugs, xo ;)

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A Lonely Journey

Cheerie, 
Your daughter is so lucky to have such a wonderful mom. 
A brilliant, kind, talented mom. 
Great write! I thought that was quite beautiful. 
I probably read into it too much, but I equated to man's battles in life, and the dragon being life, as it takes down the human's tired soul, as life sometimes does. But that just goes to show what a wonderful writer you are, as we read your beautiful words, and contemplate your brilliant mind. 
Awesome!!! As usual! 
Love, 

Matthew. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Thank you, Matthew.  You are very kind.  I read this to Ava and she liked that the dragon got bored and flew away.  She said dragons are tired of men thinking that they should kill them instead of respecting them, and the dragon had every right to toast the knight, but he was tired of the whole same outcome.  I love how deep  you took this...and I agree with your assessment!  I do not write anything without my own deeper meaning and I kind of wrote this as a message that mankind oftentimes likes to think he can be in control, and sometimes life is not always that way.  We need to take a humbler outlook to how we handle situations with respect and humility.  Thank you for always making me feel appreciated for my work.  Love n Hugs, Cheerie ;)   

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A Lonely Journey

You're welcome, Cheerie! Thank you for creating your work! It always makes me think, and although that's quite taxing on my little brain, it does keep it alive...in a non-deceased type of way. One day, a doctor did a CAT scan of my brain, and said 'What is that cat doing in there??!!' It was awful(I had not replaced the litter box in my head)...hmmm...I'm not sure what all that means, but I think it means you're a wonderful writer, and mom. 
Stay awesome, please! 
Love, 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Lol...I laughed out loud about you not replacing the cat's litter box in your head....How does that happen?   I always thought CAT stood for "can't attribute thinking"....so they look for a brain..but yours seems to work overtime and has quite an interesting picture inside.  Maybe I am just thinking of how mine turned out...but thanks for believing I am a wonderful writer despite my CAT scan's results.  xo ;)

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A Lonely Journey

LOL! 
Well, sometimes you get busy, and start replacing your shoe trees, and varnishing your yaks, and all of a sudden you think 'did I put that littler tray back in my cranium??!!' and then you have the horrible realization that you didn't, and your cerebellum is a mess! I'm sure it happens to a lot of people...just not the sane ones. 
I'm afraid we may have to build an addition onto YOUR head, as your brain is giantly smart, and may be overflowing soon. I can have a contractor come in on Thursday, if that's good for you? Let me know. I love it when you're wacky girl! 

L&H, 
M. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Lol...Well, I do think the CAT scan probably saw horses running around in my brain somewhere...I can't be completely empty....but mine was not NEAR as entertaining as yours...lol  As long as the contractor does NOT drill holes in my head like the old days....that gives a wicked headache...I will check my schedule.  ;)

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A Lonely Journey

LOL! 
No, no drilling, it's more like one of those Bath-Fitter things. They just bring in this big, tub-like thing, and then we all sit around bathing in your giant brain. It's nice, and relaxing...until we get trampled by horses. And no headache! Yeah, let me know. If that's not a good day, he can come last Thursday. Let me know. 
You rule! 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Lol....Well, wild horses have a mind of their own for sure...My horses are more schizophrenic and run in circles talking to themselves...so if you just avoid the circle pattern you will be okay.  That may explain why I always feel like I am running in circles...but I never trample anyone.  Last Thursday works better for me...The whole big tub thing sounds interesting.  Thanks. xo ;)  

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A Lonely Journey

LOL(lift our legs). You crack me up, silly girl! 
OK, last Thursday it is! Do you want a morning or evening appointment? If I remember correctly, it rained in the morning, so you might want afternoon. I'll schedule you for 3:17AM. Let me know if that doesn't work, and we'll keep it. 
Thanks for buying American...in Russia(??). 
You are awesome! 
M. 

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

What a loving tribute for your daughter Ava.  I am sure that she loved Mommy's happy ending.  Her Mommy's friend now writes one for her too.

A poetic comment for Ava, on "Bravery Misplaced".

A man and his horse set out one day
On a mission to a Dragon slay
The slayer was thought to be very brave
The villagers all revered this knave

.
As he approached a lofty mountainside
He saw the Dragon, and tried to hide
But the Dragon found his hiding place
And flew towards him, at a rapid pace

.
The slayer told his horse to run
Their lives in peril, his mission done
The Dragon spared them from his breath of fire
To kill an innocent horse, not his desire

All my love,
Larry xxx

 

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Icarus Flocke

Nice one Cherie!

I love an old fashioned "oh how the tables have turned"
Piece which reverses roles on classic heroic tales.
( a true night never seeks out dragons to slay. He only
confronts those  who are actively engaged in attack
against a mass, or subset of innocents.)

you should do a tale about a female knight too.
 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi J....I like your summation...Live and let live I say!  It is more of a stupid act to go after a dragon that is in his own lair minding his own business..so it is definitely bravery misplaced...lol....Hey, I like your idea about doing a poem with a female knight..which would be so taboo, like Breinne of Tarth in Game of Thrones when she was knighted.  Thanks for the idea and yoru support!  xo ;) 

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Icarus Flocke

you're most welcome my friend.
I think you will do well with it and
such a device has the potential of
serving as an empowerment piece
for those who wish to eradicate some
of the longstanding aspects of negative
chauvinism which has haunted
our society for years. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Great idea.  Yep, I would love to write a narrative poem that is a source of empowerment for women who show acts of courage, like Joan of Arc, and break the stereotypes of a woman cannot be both soft in her femininity and be tough in her character.  

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Tony Taylor

Hey C!!....I Love Jeremy's idea about 'empowering women' .......something that I have done with my "Woman Warrior"  writes...... but I think you would play up the romanticism aspect of it quite beautifully......I like what you did here in the narrative .......by allowing the horse and the dragon to participate in the 'main character' roles..... it's VERY clever...... and just goes to show that Jeremy's idea is a sound one indeed!!...... because it would allow for your poetic narrative skills to shine!!....... Fun & compelling are the words that I would choose to describe this!!........Tons-O-Stars!!........smokin' grooves love!!....... hugs-n-Kisses!!.........T xo.  : )

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Now that both you and Jeremy have suggested I do a write with a woman knight, I just may have to do that!  Lol  I am not sure where I would go with it though, but I will have to look into trying.  I like the days of dragons and chivalry and egos needing to be put in place as this dragon did for one knight who learned a lesson.  Thank you for your support, T.   Love n Hugs C

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