A Man of Valor

A Man of Valor

A Man of Valor


I asked for truth,

You replied in truth.

Could I ask again,

And expect more?


I asked for truth,

You responded in kind.

The answer was like a bullet

that pierced my breast and mind.


You could have lied,

and the charade would abide

A never-ending litany

to the god of probity.


The expected thing now

is for me to rescind my vow

To the challenger give way

As if I have nothing to say.


Is it simply a given,

That a story must end,

when another tale

seems to begin?


Is it my lot in life

to step aside

when he comes along

with a rhyme and a song


That sounds as though Shakespeare

just rose from the dead

Or the ghost of Keats

Is haunting my bed?


Surprise, my friend,

she’s a prize for any man.

I once captured her attention.

I’ll fight for her again.


Do what you must.

Draw your tainted sword.

I’ll do battle for my love.

I’m a man of valor.



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I was born and raised on an Indiana dairy farm, became a Michigander and now travel all over the US as a traveling laboratory tech. I write every day and cover as many genres as I can. Short fiction is my favorite, but I'm dabbling in a longer piece as well. One of my writing guidelines is to be as creative and original as I possibly can be. Sometimes that leads to some strange stuff. At the end of each of my stories there is a place to sign up to follow me on The Creative Exiles. I invite you to do this so you can be notified each time I post a new story. Thanks for visiting The Creative Exiles website.

6 thoughts on “A Man of Valor

  • November 12, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Great poem, with a fitting rhythm for the subject. A man of valour deserves to be honoured! Great to read your work again. I’ve got back to HP but I don’t like what I see so it might not be for much longer.
    I hope you and yours are well.

    • November 13, 2021 at 10:00 PM

      It is so nice to hear from you, Ann. Thank you for your comments on the poem. I have not been on HP for a long time. In fact I haven’t done much writing for a long time. I miss it, but when there is no one to read, motivation slips.

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