Monday, May 20, 2013

The "Little Lions"

In dark green cloaks with golden helms
they take the field to wield their power,
enduring wind and thundershower,
and rancid heat that overwhelms.

Not much may thwart unwelcome guest…
they sweep en masse o’er hill and plain,
undeterred, these warriors gain
unbounded holds with every quest.

The battle lines are clearly drawn,
they’ve set the groundwork for the blame;
while staunch defenders curse their name,
they reappear, no fear of dawn.

In dark green cloaks with golden helms,
the “little lions” take the field…
tenacious troopers never yield,
while laying claim to each new realm.

© Ginny Brannan 2013

Written for The Mag #169--Image provided by Tess Kincaid. She provides the image, we the story!!
Image: Lighthouse Dandelions by Jamie Wyeth

Sharing at d'Verse Poets Pub Open Link Night #97!


  1. Rhymed, metrical poetry isn't dead after all, despite the heroic efforts of all-too-many writers these days. Well done.

  2. This is so awesome! I love the way you have personified the dandelions pure magic your writing =)

  3. little lions, taking the field...ha...i like how you make the dandelions into a band of barbarians, an invading horde...yes i guess they can write ginny

    1. always good to see you at oln as well...smiles.

  4. I would love to see your poem come to life in a Disney film ...

  5. Love all the colors, Ginny. Great poem!

  6. Oh, I loved this! A battle, indeed! I wrote of them as adversaries the other day. :) Poor weeds - they get such a nasty rap and maybe we should honor them for their undying loyalty :)

  7. Good work on the rhyming verses ~ I never thought of them as warriors but they are tenacious troopers ~

  8. Ginny,
    You must have walked by my lawn recently. What a clever, well crafted piece (as always). Too many writers claim a categorical disdain for rhyme. Rhyme can move a piece along, and give emphasis when done with taste and intelligence, as you've done here. Nice job.

  9. Ginny, "they’ve set the groundwork for the blame;" this line of verse leaped off the page. In the context of the poem this is gorgeous. It's at the heart of your piece to me. The poem comes full bloom with its inclusion. A very beautiful poem O poet.

  10. Hello Ginny,, when i read this... it's like i'm reading a piece from the past... so noble & classic... ah, you little lions are excellent... they took me in a dream that is almost real... def. one of my fave take in magpietales this week... loved it! smiles...

  11. I swear!! I didn't read yours before I wrote mine. And I stand in awe of your meter and rhyme! Loved this.

  12. A wonderful piece, Ginny. Tenacious troopers indeed :)

  13. They are, indeed, determined little buggers. I love this poem!

  14. What a delight to find verses like this! Thanks muchly. LOL


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