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Bardic Arts

Field of Honor

Ivone Pons Leyr

The Queen's Champion stood in the Great Court at War
A challenge he issued to the hall:
To honor West's Queen and to forward Her cause,
He'd stand on the field against all.

On a field of honor they gathered next day
A nobler group rarely seen
And boldly they fought in their inspiration
To prove there the great worth of our Queen.

War-proven challengers proudly came forth
And fought there eleven champions bold
The field then was opened to all with a blade
In hopes of a badge of green and gold.

On a field of honor they gathered that day
A nobler group rarely seen
And boldly they fought in their inspiration
To prove there the great worth of our Queen.

A hundred or more took up arms for Her cause
With rapiers and swords and axes keen.
Brave squires and knights, and their kings, dukes and earls
All valiantly strove for West's fair Queen.

On a field of honor they gathered that day
A nobler group rarely seen
And boldly they fought in their inspiration
To prove there the great worth of our Queen.

Different their styles and the weapons they used
But difference could not force them apart.
Chivalry lived in the deeds of them all
And joy sang in every heart.

On a field of honor they gathered that day
A nobler group rarely seen
And boldly they fought in their inspiration
To prove there the great worth of our Queen.

Today we will take to the field once again
'Neath banner of gold and of green
And vow that our actions all out on this field
Will honor our consorts and our Queen.

On a field of honor we gather this day
A nobler group rarely seen
And boldly we'll fight in our inspiration
And prove ourselves worthy of our Queen
And prove ourselves worthy of our Queen


"Written for Invocation at March Crown (and intended for Rowany's crown tourney as well) AS XXXVI, discussing events which transpired at Estrella, whereby the queen's champion challenged all to show their support of Portia, Queen of the West, who had been deported back to Lochac due to post 9/11 visa worries. She had been unable to attend the "required" events as per corpora law, however had been an active presence at Lochac events in her absence. (Lochac was still part of West Kingdom at that point, though they split off officially in July ASXXXVII.) A book of signatures was started, and many people from all over the Knowne Worlde fought in Her honor and for Her cause that day, as rumor had it She might not be granted Her County when She stepped down. She will receive it at step down, this Saturday [this was written May 1, 2002 -- HvH]. The story has a happy ending. The other interesting point about this piece is that Mari, Princess of Cynagua performed it for me at March Crown, as I was flying to Lochac for their crown tourney already. As she began to sing, it began to pour. She was stopped as everyone moved under pavilions. The weather improved. She began it again. It started to pour. She was prevented from finishing the song at the King's command, as obviously the heavens themselves were crying for Portia. From that point on, it was sunny. Upon His arrival at Rowany Festival for Lochac's first crown tournament, His Majesty and I talked about my choice of Invocation pieces ... which was the same piece. He forbade it, saying it was far too powerful, and He did not wish the site washed out. (I got to write a new piece) On the last night of the event, He allowed me to sing it for the Queen, as She had requested it ... since it was clear skies at that point. Half an hour later, it began to drizzle ... His Majesty does not think it was coincidence." -- Ivone Pons Leyr

Copyright ©2002 Yvonne K. Reynolds


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