PIERREFONDS :: Camelot

In a land of myth
And a time of magic
A castle of dreams
Towered over a village.
Its blue-capped roofs
Emerged from legend,
Its fortified stone walls
Kept careful guard.

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In another life
This place held magic,
And dangers besieged it
From unknown realms,
But here there lived
A valiant prince
Aided in the dark
By a lionheart.

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They walked these streets
And roamed these room,
Bantered in long corridors.
Men passed judgment kneeling
Or held feasts beside the throne.
A warlock studied,
A princess turned mad,
And between them suspended destiny.

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You may call them lost
To fantasy and fiction,
But in my heart
They lived here.
Welcomed valiant knights,
Waged wars against kingdoms,
Fought for morality
Fearlessly.

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Here stands the last relic
Of their legendary feats.
The cold stone towers
And mosaic-ed windows
And stone gargoyles of fantasy
And cobblestones of echoed steps
Of the greatest wizard to ever live
And his once and future king.

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[Written 9/9/16. I have chosen to put this poem out of order for good reason – this is a special poem  that describes my visit to the Château de Pierrefonds in France, otherwise known as the filming location of Camelot in BBC’s Merlin. I am a huge fan of that show and it was something really special to walk around that castle and relive the memories of some of my favourite characters. I am posting this today in honour of National Merlin Day – may we all have courage, strength and magic, and find our destinies.]

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