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Wilhelm von Zweikopfeigen Falke
by
Margrethe Astrid Ravn
October 17, AS XXXIII (1998)

I am the hawk that bears the two faces
     one to the mountains, one to the sea
Like Janus, I see all from faraway places
     two hawks with one heart have thus conquered me.

In gardens where bloom the blue rose of my lady
     one to the mountains...
She waits my returning where oaks cluster shady
     two hawks...

In the Mists' tournament, I bested all present
     one to the mountains...
The wolf and the tower, the star and the crescent
     two hawks...

Then at the last, I faced my opponent
     one to the mountains...
And saw my own face like a mirror reflectant
     two hawks...

Though they in two bodies with one heart are beating
     one to the mountains...
We have one body, one soul in our keeping
     two hawks...

I am the hawk that bears the two faces
     one to the mountains, one to the sea
But William, not Wilhelm, will reign in our places
     for two hawks with one heart have thus conquered me.


Written at Mists Fall Coronet Tournament:

"Various people warned me that the incipient bard was required by custom to write a piece for the finalist who didn't win. I think I was more worried about who my first boss would be. I managed to get a front row seat for the finals by heralding that round. I felt obligated to point out how long Wilhelm and Elizabeth had been together, and will be for quite a time yet. Either one would have made a great prince, but it's still amazing how alike the two are. Alessandro and I both caught onto that and while he came up with a funny piece, all I could manage was a serious one." -- Margrethe Astrid Ravn


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