A Warrior’s Song

If I must die,
Then let this rain day pour my blood
With long forgotten valor,
A worthy end for song or silence,
Let empires of lesser men rise in my stead,
Grey faced and pale of limb,
Lifeless husks eating up the earth,
Till she shakes her back free and remembers,
Long ago I stood,

Did not kneel before the fray,
And died for that oft derided word:


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. erbdex
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:56:40

    The most impressive piece of writing that i’ve come across for weeks.

    Fills the veins with strength.


  2. Jingle
    May 05, 2011 @ 18:40:56

    wise words.
    enjoyed the flow.

    welcome to poets rally, smiles,
    have fun!


  3. K. McGee
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:04:15

    Powerful visions of the warriorโ€™s spirit. Well done.
    Enjoy the rally!


  4. tmhill
    May 05, 2011 @ 19:31:02

    Really enjoyed your poem. Interestingly enough, I just wrote a book call Warrior’s Song (found you on twitter) and it deals with Native American spirituality, philosophy, and the uglier sides of war.

    Keep writing!


    • mbwilliams
      May 05, 2011 @ 20:52:33

      Really? That’s great! Where can a read an extract from your book? I am a student of the Samurai and have always thought that they share a great deal in common with the Native Americans.


  5. Ina
    May 05, 2011 @ 21:12:47

    Glorious poem.


  6. tmhill
    May 05, 2011 @ 21:55:43

    You can read an excerpt at http://bit.ly/kj22xM. The first book deals–at least spiritually–in terms of Native American mysticism and faith. The second book will introduce more about Eastern philosophy.

    I would agree with you the connection between Samurai and Native American philosophy. Tribal cultures had to also be warlike in order to survive. But it is striking how connected warrior-ism was with spirituality. It is something that we seem to lack in secularized society.


    • mbwilliams
      May 05, 2011 @ 22:38:10

      This is a subject we could talk all night about – it is my feeling that being a warrior, living every moment content in the shadow of death, is a spirituality that is lost in the modern age. I will read your work as soon as I return, I am away this weekend, and we can discuss this further if you like.


    • mbwilliams
      May 12, 2011 @ 22:14:17

      I’ve read the first 5 pages so far and its interesting to see your childhood perspective coming from the cub background (i was a cub and a scout too) and the story of the Navajo Indian. I am interested to find out how you came round to admiring their way of life from that beginning! So how long did it take to write the book? Also is it published?


  7. tmhill
    May 05, 2011 @ 23:05:33

    Sounds good! Nice to meet a kindred spirit.


  8. The Lonely Recluse
    May 06, 2011 @ 00:12:13

    Loved the words. Could almost see some great leader of nations of old, some Agamemnon, Leonidas or Ceaser, striding down the battle lines shoating this at his men. The lay of the words on the page is fascinating. Loved it.
    The Lonely Recluse.


  9. Apryl Gonzales
    May 06, 2011 @ 03:17:46

    Such passion and strength of heart, Very Nice!


  10. Jamie Dedes
    May 06, 2011 @ 07:18:08



  11. Julian Javier the Cyber Mushroom
    May 06, 2011 @ 08:14:56

    love the flow of the drama in this one! honor! nice one!


  12. theDarkJasmine
    May 06, 2011 @ 08:17:42

    full of spirit,,


  13. Becca Givens
    May 07, 2011 @ 05:55:50

    The spirit of the warrior is mighty!! Nicely done!


  14. b_y
    May 08, 2011 @ 20:52:48

    I believe you’ve caught the spirit.


  15. mbwilliams
    May 08, 2011 @ 21:13:32

    Many thanks for all your kind words, it is a pleasure to share the reading and writing experience with like-minded spirits


  16. Jingle
    May 12, 2011 @ 13:17:52

    Appreciate your participation at poets rally,
    Please return favor to poets who are here yet you did not reach them initially,
    Bless your day.
    Have fun!



  17. charlesmashburn
    May 12, 2011 @ 13:50:53

    A story well told. Proud and bold. Nice work. Nice sentiment!


  18. Frederick Kesner
    May 12, 2011 @ 15:03:33

    Brilliant in its stance and crispness.


  19. ron
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 08:46:19

    Reminded me of my Scottish ancestors as they battled for freedom-and mostly lost lol. But the spirit lives on in their descendants!


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