A Poem by Tate Morgan

They lay down their arms to worship the night. Then shun the light of day.



Looking at you,

one man might say

Is like seeing Homer

within the light of day

For yours was the face

that launched a thousand ships

Your Honor would lead their way

By your heart they would all be judged

Your likeness shown in the evening light

Love of you beckoned them come what may

They followed your stars and never lost sight

Men laid down their arms to worship the night

Then shunned the light of day



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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
The stories that come from long ago have a kernel of truth to them. That is why they have survived

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This is really a beautiful poem about Helen, the princess whose beauty started that ancient war. I love the way the rhythm sort of changed (or shall I say the one's heartbeat) as the poem progresses. The poem starts out slowly, one expecting it to be a typical love poem for a lady called "Helena". But then "Homer" is metioned and I start to wonder where this is going. Then we read that famous old quote about the face that "launched a thousand ships" and my heart starts to beat at a different rate as I'm visually taken back to Troy at a time of war.

I could almost hear hear the beat of drums and the cry for war. I see those thousand ships at sea, men armed and ready for war, "come what may". All for the love of a woman. Then it gets quiet - "Men laid down their arms to worship the night". One is sort of relieved at this image and the drumbeat stops. But then, SUDDENLY, the drums beat faster then before, and the battle begins "at light of day". Well, that's what I saw :-)

I loved your ending, because even after the last line is read, the reader is still left with a lot of thought. I'm pretty sure that they could use this as an introduction, read by a narrater, to a movie or play about the "Trojan Wars". It sets a nice mood. "Then shunned the light of day...", and as those words end, the next act is played out... the start of the Trojan War...

There is also a line in the middle "...by your heart they all would be judged...", which makes one think. Was the death of thousands of men worth it? Can love be so strong, can beauty be so enticing, that a king would risk his army for it?

Well, these are only my interpretations and thoughts.

Great poem with some beautiful lines and visual imagery that takes us back to ancient greece (or to greek mythology as some would prefer). As a lover of history and mythology I give it 10/10!

Posted 14 Years Ago

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Tate, I believe this is among my very favorites of yours that I have read. You have grown and evolved as a poet and I can tell that growth and evolution came on it's own naturally. There is some brilliant phrasing in this short piece and some damn impressive descriptive imagery and phrasing. Well done, friend, well done.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

I thank you dane You know I wrote this back in 2009 and kept updating it changing thew phrasing and .. read more
Brilliant! :D

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Thank you momz

9 Years Ago

You're very welcome.
Five years! My how the time flies when you are having fun!

Just going through my list of old R & R's (yes, still on here) and stumbled upon this one!

Very well written indeed.

Helena :)

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Helen this one your namesake was a early poem i wrote an experiment of sorts I am glad you liked it

9 Years Ago

Yes, it was delightful my dear poet friend! :)
Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

smiles all round
Lovely and Much imaginary.

this was quite inspiring makes me
want to write of the Greek Gods well
one in mind I know they are not real but
I have a Fascination for the Greek Mythology
I love the Titans if you know what I am talking about.

Thank you for sharing this Imaginary piece
I've been wanting to read some of your work.

Blessings. Benita / kindred poet

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Thank you I believe the story of helena is in part true and caused the war between troy and the gree.. read more
Benita-Staebell M - KindredPoet

9 Years Ago

yes true but I am happy that you've Inspired me thank you again. was a pleasure to read my friend. .. read more
Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

I saw it lol funny wasnt it sad though Who dat baby daddy lol
And found in their own way, something different they needed to say. Communication need not rely, on the words one would reply. So truly please, show me how, to hold a silent vow. Beautiful Tate.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Congratulations this poem has been "approved" for publication in...

-Metaphysical, Mystical & Fantastical Poetry of the Arcane

By John Phoenix Hutchinson and Others. (c) 2012

Please feel free to submit other poems as you are not limited to one entry. Also please write a short "bio" about yourself and send to me via private message. This will be published along with your poem. Thanks J.P.H.

Anyone wanting to make Submissions to this Writers Cafe "e" book Project can do so on my group page, the deadline is 1st of November 2012.

Posted 11 Years Ago

John Phoenix Hutchinson.

11 Years Ago

Thanks for that Tate :)
Wow! Tate this one surprised me...........beautiful!

Posted 12 Years Ago

my heart melted ... wow

Posted 12 Years Ago

Eloquent write Tate. Wonderful references to ancient Troy. Love the song, very fitting to this piece.

Posted 12 Years Ago

That was lovely. I adore the song you picked; Adele is awesome. Well done on flow of the words of a short and simple poem. The similes and metaphores are great too and using the Greek and Roman mythology content is brilliant. Great job with creativity, poetry and image that was made so well. Keep up the amazing work.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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Added on October 3, 2009
Last Updated on June 13, 2018
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