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Brian Buckley

"Journey´s End" by Brian Buckley

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I wrote this in high school one day during my sophomore year. As I recall, I started it in my first class of the day and finished it in my last, then made a few revisions much later. I still think it's mediocre compared to some of my other poems, but someone might take a liking to it.
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Journey's End

Her mission, it was simple
The entrance, in plain sight
A doorway of gray stonework
Surrounded by the night.
She stepped into the dungeon
A cloak around her frame
While choruses of crickets
Sang mockeries of fame.
She pulled her cape around her
And slipped into the black
With fear arrayed before her
And comfort at her back.
Her husband had been taken
A prisoner of war
Held captive by a wizard
Who lay beyond the door.
His cave was deep and murky
And treacherous at best
With halls of dank confusion
To complicate her quest.
But filled with resolution
She entered the abyss
Her soul, determination
To feel her lover's kiss.
She fought the wizard's minions
With brilliant steel sword
Eluded all his pitfalls
Around her, fires roared.
Above her, danger fluttered
Below her feet, the dark
Her blade shone in the blackness
A tiny orange spark.
He sent out evil creatures
To line her path with lies
But none of their deceptions
Could fool her faithful eyes.
The light of day had withered
But still she plodded on
Without even the moonlight
To herald crack of dawn.
As weeks passed, she went deeper
Beneath the icy ground
With all but hope abandoned
Of light or blissful sound.
And then, at once, she found it
A simple wooden door
Identical to others
That she had seen before.
But somehow, it was different
This tiny wooden gate
Her pale fingers trembled
But not with fear or hate.
She shivered with elation
And strode into the room
To face her bitter rival
And meet her final doom.
The sorcerer was waiting
He had no words to say
And so she merely followed
While he showed her the way.
She had no room for hatred
No wish to fight her foe
No strength had she for anger
With one room left to go.
He led her to his chamber
Her love there, on the ground
His arms and wrists were shackled
His legs and ankles bound.
She fell upon her husband
And tried her herbs and charms
But for all this, his body
Was lifeless in her arms.
Her trip was all for nothing
Her efforts all in vain
In place of sweet perfection
A clammy shaft of pain.
Her greatest love had perished
The dungeon was a stage
Her journey was all played out
And nothing left but rage.
Her cries rang out to Heaven
Her screaming pierced the sky
Her hate for life much greater
Than simple will to die.
She whirled on the wizard
Her eyes alight with flame
The earth's foundations shattered
In everlasting shame.
Her hands were red with fire
Her only love had died
The tears that streaked her visage
Were passion liquefied.
The stars rang out her anger
And beat upon the earth
Her hatred for him flickered
Then rose in white rebirth.
Her words were bolts of lighting
That crackled overhead
One thought, too strong for speaking:
My husband, he is dead.
From all the highest mountains
To all the deepest seas
Her words rose up like angels
And stung the air like bees.
In maelstrom of fervor
Her heart's quick fire broke
Her mind and soul were shattered
And roared away in smoke.
And when the dust was settled
Her heart no longer beat
Her husband lay above her
The wizard, at her feet.
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22 Feb 200345 Lin
What? No comments yet? This is absolutely amazing, it's emotions turned into words, made my eyes water.

:-) Brian Buckley replies: "Hey, thanks - you have sort of a way with words yourself there."
26 Mar 200345 Olive
You say that you're not proud of it, but I think it's fabulous. It gave me the heebee geebees.

So much emotion! Wow. Anyway, consider yourself talented. All your hardwork is paying off.

:-) Brian Buckley replies: "That's one of the cool things about writing - it affects different people in very different ways. I'm glad you like this."
18 May 200345 Nina
Great work! The rhyming is great, and the rhythm works too! *sigh* Why can everyone BUT me write long poems that make sense?
2 Jul 200345 Kelsey 'Siren' Paulus
I could probably read your worst poem ever written (in your eyes) and still be amazed. I like this one a lot. It seems like rhymes just flow naturally out of you. If ever I were to speak to you, I would expect that what you say would rhyme. It seems like you don't spend minutes trying to figure out what rhymes with other words...

:-) Brian Buckley replies: "This is a great kind of compliment to receive, because natural-sounding rhyming is always one of my goals in poetry. I do, however, spend a long time trying to come up with good rhymes - I can't just come up with them on the spot, unfortunately!"
23 Aug 2003:-) Leigh *Shwin* Erickson
Wow... wow... wow *shakes head* Your poetry seems to do that to me a lot... *shakes head again* I agree. Your rhyming is not forced, you have one of the most wonderful talents I have ever seen here on Elfwood. You're just amazing. Thank you for sharing all that you have!

:-) Brian Buckley replies: "Thank you. I've never been all that happy with this poem personally, but I'm glad you like it."
2 Feb 200845 Dalton
Which ones are fantasy writing?
22 Dec 201045 Spooxi
Awww *cries* So sad, so so sad!
10 Jun 201145 Anon.
Wonderful ending! The wizard at her feet
I’m Awestruck
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'Journey's End':
 • Created by: :-) Brian Buckley
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 • Keywords: Death, Dungeon, Love, Rage, Revenge, Sorcerer
 • Categories: Fights, Duels, Battles, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc., Romance, Emotion, Love, Wizards, Priests, Druids, Sorcerers...
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