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"Robert of Westmarch"
by
Trude Lacklandia

"Whither thou goest?" asked the round-eyed doe.
Thus spoke a man in procession slow,
"The burial grouns is the place we go."

"What will you do there?" asked the spotted fawn.
Replied the man, "Entomb a man gone,
To fight in the cold as one of Hell's pawns."

"How did he die?" asked the robin above.
"He died in battle to honor his love
Who now is alone and mourns as the dove."

"Who was this man?" asked a cat going by.
"Robert of Westmarch," the man did reply.
"Seeking West's Crown was the way he did die."


From a collection of fighter poems titled Valhalla. This is from the section titled: "Mourning The Fallen".

"Long ago, the West Kingdom bards decided to produce poems for every fighter in each crown lists. We carried this on for several years before finally faltering. A large number of bards were required, since the lists kept getting larger and eventually the effort involved wore us out. Even so, we published two volumes of the best of the fighter poems. I was president of the college of bards of the West Kingdom at that time and I regard that effort as perhaps the most satisfying thing I ever achieved in the SCA." -- Steven MacEanruig


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