Andrew Nelson Stewart Andrew Nelson Stewart
In poetry and to find answers of who we are while walking the ephemeral road upon cracks of pain signs leading you.
The Fallen King

The Fallen King

A Poem by Sage

The Fallen King

You feel a sudden jolt
Like you were hit by a lightning bolt
As the world in front of you fades away
You realize all this while you were led astray

All the kind people and gentle smiles
Chip off like an old mansion's mosaic tiles
All of a sudden you can see people masquerading 
Praises that are shallow, they keep serenading

You were born a king, the blood in you is royal
Yet.. yet in this world you cannot find many that are loyal
People form friends and alliances and many betray 
They were the people you trusted and promised you they'd stay

Misfortunes and woes pour in like a torrent
You're too weak, you get swept along the current
You wake up in an unknown land, not your final destination
You face your inner demons, and let them feed on your frustration

You've got no energy and no reason to fight
Once a great king, now not worthy of even being a knight
They feeling gets strong, the one that makes you want to give in
That was the last straw now you've committed the biggest sin

Vile creature! You were supposed to vanquish them
Not join their ranks and lose yourself, you were such a gem
You still do not care, you say it is better than the pain
The one you carried like a burden in hope your demons would be slain

Now you are the evil that you once tried to conquer
You had to overcome them but instead became their anchor
The foolish man who had to pass the tribulation
Gave in to false promises and speculation

People will learn about a fool
Who lost his sense and right to rule
A king who lost his valor and pride
Which he couldn't regain no matter how hard he tried

It will be accounted for word to word
Because the pen is mightier than the sword
Your deeds will always be remembered
To remind people that their days are numbered


© 2016 Sage



Author's Note

Sage
The picture was taken from http://machiavellicro.deviantart.com/art/Fallen-King-404679911

Credits to MachiavelliCro

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First, Rhyming couplets work best in short pieces. On an extended poem they tend to give a choppy feel.

Of more importance, you're forcing the line to the rhyme, and reader's don't react to that well.

From a reader's viewpoint:

The first line tells me that I feel a "sudden jolt." That could refer to either physical or mental, and the uncertainty is confusion, not mystery. And if I feel something I should know what it is. But of most importance, you newver say what it is, or relate it to the rest of the poem.

The second line clarifies, but only to an extent, so the reader is expecting you to clarify further. But you don't. You tell me that "the world in front of ME fades away. But since you haven't placed me in any world, nor created any situation—and since my world, clearly has not faded—I have no clue of what you mean.

And the fourth line mixes tenses, and talks about things for which the reader has no context. You know what's going on, but you have intent guiding you. And intent doesn't make it to the page.

And when you say, "Chip off like an old mansion's mosaic tiles" I can tell you from personal experience that mosaic tiles do not chip away by time, and When removing them you do not chip them away, and y more than you would bathroom tile. But you needed a rhyme for smiles, so you dripped in a non sequitur to make the rhyme, as you did the line that carries serenading, and more.

Ideally, the rhyme should seem almost accidental, and the words—which carry only the meaning they suggest to the reader, based on THEIR background—express the thought so perfectly that the reader is moved to say, "Damn, I wish I could say it as well."

Sorry my news isn't better, but you did ask, and I thought you would want to know.


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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Hi there Sage. I've dropped by this poem 2 or 3 times. I'm inclined to agree with JayG about the sets of 4 lines rhyming (or nearly). However, I hesitate when I say that, because some kinds of chanting or rap would happily work with this style.

What I do like, however, with no equivocation, is the way the poem introduces, then discusses, then closes down. It's very well shaped, if you will. The summary ties everything off.

One spelling error - They feeling gets strong (should be 'The')

It's interesting the way the poem depicts the noble king as having somehow fallen, lost his principles, etc, all of which makes perfect sense. But if I wanted, I could probably argue that he survived rather than having his head chopped off or being killed in battle. I could argue that survival - live to fight another day - was actually the smarter thing to do. Just a thought to ponder :=)

Nigel

Posted 1 Year Ago


......... well..... I see...... you're getting better by the poem......

Posted 1 Year Ago


Some deep truths in this piece which you bring out with powerful wording.

The last lines are atypical in that they call it out as it is.almost like a summary of all the above.

Well done.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Wow! Deep and a lot think about in this one Sage...You are truly gifted and I agree with Coyote 100 percent...thank you for the opportunity to challenge my motives and loyalties...GREAT write, valiant attempt at Rhyme...you have a way of getting to heart of men and challenging all of us not to turn a blind eye to world events .... because world events affect us all.........bless you dear....keep writing...

Posted 1 Year Ago


I enjoyed the poem. You gave strength to the ending with the story told in the words.
"It will be accounted for word to word
Because the pen is mightier than the sword
Your deeds will always be remembered
To remind people that their days are numbered"
The above lines. Left a lot for the reader to ponder. Thank you for sharing the excellent poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

a write so true of centuries passed. competitive nature of man has always lead to betrayal and backstabbing even today in the workplace. nice write.

Posted 1 Year Ago


First, Rhyming couplets work best in short pieces. On an extended poem they tend to give a choppy feel.

Of more importance, you're forcing the line to the rhyme, and reader's don't react to that well.

From a reader's viewpoint:

The first line tells me that I feel a "sudden jolt." That could refer to either physical or mental, and the uncertainty is confusion, not mystery. And if I feel something I should know what it is. But of most importance, you newver say what it is, or relate it to the rest of the poem.

The second line clarifies, but only to an extent, so the reader is expecting you to clarify further. But you don't. You tell me that "the world in front of ME fades away. But since you haven't placed me in any world, nor created any situation—and since my world, clearly has not faded—I have no clue of what you mean.

And the fourth line mixes tenses, and talks about things for which the reader has no context. You know what's going on, but you have intent guiding you. And intent doesn't make it to the page.

And when you say, "Chip off like an old mansion's mosaic tiles" I can tell you from personal experience that mosaic tiles do not chip away by time, and When removing them you do not chip them away, and y more than you would bathroom tile. But you needed a rhyme for smiles, so you dripped in a non sequitur to make the rhyme, as you did the line that carries serenading, and more.

Ideally, the rhyme should seem almost accidental, and the words—which carry only the meaning they suggest to the reader, based on THEIR background—express the thought so perfectly that the reader is moved to say, "Damn, I wish I could say it as well."

Sorry my news isn't better, but you did ask, and I thought you would want to know.


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I really enjoyed this one !!!
Great poem !!!!
100% ratings from me
Thanks for sharing

Posted 1 Year Ago


'Chip off like an old mansion's mosaic tiles'

This line really sticks out to me!
Keep it up!!

Posted 1 Year Ago


this is a great story my friend !

Posted 1 Year Ago



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