TWC: Mouth

This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge uses the word ‘mouth’, and the third meaning is ‘3: something that resembles a mouth especially in affording entrance or exit: as
a : the place where a stream enters a larger body of water
b : the surface opening of an underground cavity
c : the opening of a container
d : an opening in the side of an organ flue pipe’. Quite a big one I know, but quite simple really. Something that looks like a mouth. I decided to do something a bit different. I tried to write it in the form of a ballad. I hope you enjoy it, and I’m hope it’s just a little bit different for you.


Swords Unsharp’d

Through the night they rode
for need drove them.
On white stallions,
manes flowing
hooves clattering.

Hair of gold
and raven dark
as banners flying true.
But no pennants.
Nor horns braying loud.

In silver mail
and shining helm
they laughed and cried.
But their hearts
awash with fear.

No yellow cape they wore.
Those lords
so high and mighty.
Yet called upon
they rode to meet the foe.

And now they came
to the mouth of darkness,
that cave
the black abyss,
and they quailed.

So not through
that gate
nor threshold passed
as the horses
wickered still.

Yet stirring now
the oldest there
did kick forward
and filled
his lungs to cry.

“Lo!
Shall we stand
a-front this void
and have our swords
unsharp’d?”

“Nay!”
They raised
and blades
unsheathed
all fear abaised.

And charged they did
with many a shout
though darkness.
To death?
It is not this tale that tells.


It was a fun write, I hope you enjoy it!

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11 thoughts on “TWC: Mouth

  1. oh, I do like this – some great imagery.

    There are some spelling errors – or perhaps I have missed a reason for them (poetry is subjective, I know). So if these were done on purpose, do let me know.

    I think it should be MANES flowing, not names (?)

    No yellow cape theY wore

    “as the horses
    wickered still.”

    should be nickered ?

    abaised — perhaps, abashed?

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    so, it might sound like I don’t like it – far from it . . . you have a great talent with words. I hope to see you here again. And, thanks for joining us and sharing!!!!

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