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 12 Years Ago

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Oh beautifully done my friend! "The face that launched a thousand ships"!!!
Oh that I was that Helena.....or maybe not LOL...much enjoyed by me.

Helena (not the famous one!)

Posted 12 Years Ago

Well done, I liked this very much.
It is perhaps true that all is fair in love and war.
However, one comes with emotional wounds and one brings physical ones.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Perfect meter as always... I think this maybe my favorite of yours.

Sorry it took so long to read, but it was worth it. Thanks for the invite!


Posted 12 Years Ago

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Oh noble men of ancient past is such a beautiful dream.
I love this piece remembrance of an ideal where men honor a woman to the depths of her being in all aspects.
The hope that men still can look at a woman that way ...

I'm also a sap for fun words. Launched, beckoned, shunned :) nice piece ;)

Posted 12 Years Ago

Was on your page to issue a "congrats." on your win and saw this title. Had an aunt with the same name
who passed away from cancer many years ago. She was also a beautiful Greek woman like the one you wrote of. Beautiful poem. So much feeling in so few words. Liked this much.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Helen of Troy. This was a beautiful poem about a woman who doesn't deserve such a thing. Awesome write!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Tate, this was perfection.. Loved the imagery, I closed my eyes and saw your words so sweet..
Thanks for sharing..

Mag xx

Posted 12 Years Ago

This is a wonderful poem. I love the images created.

Posted 12 Years Ago

this has a good vibe and feels light, really great wording with emotion. good work.


Posted 12 Years Ago

Wow, I was surprised at this one Tate, but not in a negative way.
This poem iis very light, and has some intense words in it, which makes the poems structure so beautiful.
Good job Tate, keep it up!

Posted 12 Years Ago

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

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