Creative Writing Community and Free Poetry Site
Bookmark and Share
Creative Writing Community   |   86 Writers Online
poetry nav left read          write          review          classics          spotlight          forum          store poetry nav right

The stolen dagger

Last 100 Poems/Stories/Columns:

Author: OCeallaigh
Created: February 05, 2012 at 10:31 am
Entry Type: Poem, G (All)
Category: Relationships | History | Dark
Entry Stats: 5 Stars by 1 users with 2 comments 101 views

The stolen dagger 
The palatine lolled upon his bed
His good faith drowning in wine
Setting a fine example, this provincial head
Was being entertained by his concubine

The epitome of self indulgence, he sat
A jeweled gold cup in his hand
Just another fat and haughty Roman rat
For too long they have infested this land

With eyes as blue as the Thracian sky
She stared blankly at the marble wall
A slave whose free spirit would never die
Along with empire’s decline and fall

He slept with her, but she loved her not
To him she was another object of pleasure
Her passion was feigned, but always served hot
And this did he come to treasure

The warming glow of his lustful bliss
A slain chieftain’s daughter, his personal whore
Her soft full red lips, his to kiss
Until interrupted by a pounding on his door

Messengers in dented helms and rent mail
Terrible news of the barbarian horde
The horror in his eyes as they told their tale
Of Roman citizens being put to the sword

“Assemble what troops who still remain”
He sent them forth with a trembling nod
Praying aloud in the holy son’s name
Once again regaining his faith in god

“Aid us oh lord in our flight”
He moved about his villa with great speed
Fearing the Huns would attack at first light
The palatine gathered up what he would need

Gold, silver and gems, all of his treasure
An old Roman eagle and a shattered legion
Along with his beautiful object of pleasure
He would take leave of this doomed region

Opportunity seized her, a deadly farewell to bid
She waited for his return into the room
Under his bed the stolen dagger she hid
Would spell the palatine’s untimely doom

“The troops are being assembled, we must start”
Was all he had the chance to say
Leaping up, plunging the dagger into his heart
She took his gold and quietly slipped away

Last Modified: February 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

The author would love to hear your feedback but you must be logged in to do that. If you are a member of Writers-Network click here to login and review this writing entry.

Not a member? Not a problem! You can register here, it's free for everyone

Comments & Reviews ( X 1)

February 26, 2012

Helpful: Thumbs Up Thumbs Down
Once again
I take your historical narrative, and apply it to contemporary situation. I almost hope that you intended it.

Of late, after more than a year on this site, I am finding, finally, some challenging poetry.
Fortuitious for me, it is also a great pleasure. Thank you so much!

There are no comments on this review.

February 06, 2012

Helpful: Thumbs Up Thumbs Down
great theme
love the prose.. thank for sharing

There are no comments on this review.

Sponsored Writing Ad

Writing Site Login

Featured Poets & Writers
101 Writing Entries
510 Writing Entries
59 Writing Entries
76 Writing Entries
18 Writing Entries
67 Writing Entries
1067 Writing Entries
40 Writing Entries
Featured Poets

Featured Poets
Featured Poets

Top Creative Writing & Poetry Reviewers
1. a112yearoldman
2. RamSlade
3. emerystone
4. BlueLagoon
5. Caroline
6. magnolia
7. EltonCamp
8. andycapped
9. SC2028
10. kitty
Featured Poets
Questions, Comments? Contact for help with this poetry website

Love Poems Abuse Poems Contemporary Suspense Stories
Dark Poetry Death Poems Inspirational Fiction Stories
Sad Poems Haiku Poetry Fan-Fiction Stories How-To Guides
Horror Stories Parenting Philosophy Romance
Addiction Poems Relationships Tribute Poems Lyrics & Songs

Newest Writing Find a Member Sponsored Writing Poetry Glossary
Writing Contests PRO Members Self-Promoted Writing By Genre
Writing Prompts Upgrade to PRO Spotlight Writing View FAQ's
Search Writing Site News Famous Poetry Contact Us

Top Poetry Movers & Shakers Top Poets, Poems, Writers, most voted and more!

Home   |    About Us   |    PRO Writers   |    Free Poetry Site   |    Poems By Genre    |    Classic Poems   |    Writing Prompts   |    Contests   |    Forums   |    Store   |    Help

2004 - 2013 © - All Rights Reserved - Creative Writing Community
Terms of Service   |   Privacy Policy   |   Writing Community   |   Banners 

Share your love poems and inspirational poems in our creative writing community. This site for published poems is free for all writers.
Post unlimited poems and stories plus get access to our free poetry contests, writing forums, writing prompts, famous poetry & more

Poetry Site  |  Read Poems  |  Publish Poetry  |  Writing Forums  |  Free Writing Community   |  Creative Writing
Login to Writers-Network Members area Signup for a free poetry publishing website