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"Synoptica" by Brian Buckley

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About time I did another fantasy poem, eh? The title comes from the word 'synoptic,' which means (among other things) 'presenting a general and combined view of the parts of a whole.' As always, comments are welcome.
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This distant land we all have seen
It comes in visions; or, at night,
As shades across a smoky screen;
A fountainhead of endless green –
You’ve seen it, then? The soaring height
That shoots above the grasses there
A needle-peak enshrined in white!
Or have you glimpsed the restless knight?
He smells the wild and fleeting air
Atop a stone and sable wall
What deeds of glory he would dare!
He dreams of death and dragon’s lair.
And have you heard the siren’s call?
Her music sighs in jaded ears
On stormy ships, courageous, tall
She likes to watch the captains fall
The sea is just a pool of tears.
Now look – a gnome in open sun!
I often wonder what he hears
The earth, perhaps, unnumbered years
Or rivers that forever run.
And now a vision - there - and then:
A plain. The fighting here is done.
No sign which trampled banner won.
A general set out to win
A woman’s heart – she loves him not
But though he lost a hundred men
He swore he’d do it all again.
His troops are but a passing thought
His sights are set upon a prize
And to the buzzards falls the lot
Of watching squandered valor rot.
On starry pitted slopes there lies
A crystal perfect as the moon
Unseen by elf or human eyes.
The hart is quick – the hunter cries.
A valley dark and still at noon –
A dancer on a quiet lawn –
An icy blast – a white cocoon –
An orchid on a silver dune –
The reds and blues of brilliant dawn!
And by the shore a budding tree.
Is this the ancient halcyon?
A golden age forever gone?
Look out across the nameless sea –
What can its crashing surface mean?
The spray is cool, the wind is free –
What we have seen is yet to be!
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1 Dec 200845 Καταλύτης
I am assuming that you are writing of dreaming? It is very strange looking at dreams if you write about them. Dreams are so diverse and different that sometimes I think that it is amazing what the imaginative mind can come up with. Is "he" you or just a persona? This is gloriously written and deserves at least the simplest comment of ’this is good’, or other hearsay. The title is it relating to synapse as the reaction between two nerve cells in a sleep, or more of the state of dreaming being a series of synapses? I enjoy the way you cover many things with imagery in every nook and cranny. This work gives room for anything the reader wants to put in for himself, and leaves them wanting more. Keep up the good work, and I hope to read more.
4 Jan 200945 Anon.
wow..only one comment? I’m amazed, this is really good...
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 • Keywords: Banner, Battle, Dragon, Gnome, Knight, Orchid, Sable, Siren, Vision
 • Categories: Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc, Fights, Duels, Battles, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc., Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, Warrior, Fighter, Mercenary, Knights, Paladins
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