The Undefeated Knight
The knight was looking forward to returning to his castle.
But just before arriving he got caught up in a hassle.
Without him even knowing he was followed on his journey
By bandits who were eying for his winnings of the tourney.
But even the commotion couldn’t stop the knight from singing.
His mood is never stricken while their clumsy swords are swinging.
And though his feet are dancing to avoid their bladed metal,
The number disadvantage shortly makes him lose the battle.
Relieved of his possessions he continues his excursion.
To us the knight seems beaten, but according to his version
He conquered his opponents, since his joy remains his armor,
And while he lost on one account, their weapons couldn’t harm her.
The knight takes off and whistles, unaware of our impression.
No matter what was stolen, he brings home his price possession.
Rewards and prizes can’t replace the richness of his laughter.
And even in the sporting games it’s all that he was after.
He’s fighting for a kingdom where rejoice is unforsaken
And only ends up losing when he’s changed by what was taken.
This challenging encounter was the test he really needed.
The tournament was fun, but now he’s truly undefeated.
The Undefeated Knight is one of several poetic adventures I’ve written over the years. To see an overview, go to Poetic Adventures.
Backstory: I wrote this in poem 2015 when I tried to enter an online poetry writing contest for a children’s magazine. The theme was knights and castles, and immediately upon reading the premise, the first two lines were in my head.
Without actually knowing were the words would take me (normally I start writing with an idea in my head), I kept going and came up with this final product. It has remained unaltered ever since, which is a rare thing, because it normally takes me several (and sometimes a lot) of rewrites to finish a verse.
I entered the contest enthusiastically, but it got rejected for being too serious for the target audience. But I was so proud of the final product myself, that I started using it as a template to write more poems like it. Once I have created a 100 of them, which is not going to be any time soon, I will turn them into a book.
A philosophical dreamer with a passion for self-reflection and contemplating life. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. He left a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.