February 25, 2017 by phicks2012
The poem below was inspired by SCA events over the years — mainly by Wars like Gulf Wars and Pennsic where pageantry and regalia are very much in evidence and where, whenever the wind blows, brightly colored banners go flying in the sunlight — mounted on poles or carried onto the fighting fields.
I hope some will enjoy my attempt.
Silken banners windward flying
Close beside a greensward sailing;
Azure when the day is dying
Gules and Or when light is failing;
Vert when heralds tall are crying;
Sable and purpure engrailing;
Argent where the knights are vying,
In their splendor, oaths unfailing.
Silken banners sunward streaming
To proclaim those who endeavor
Where the armor bright is gleaming,
And our vows we will not sever.
By the field with titans teeming
Swords are raised, but blooded never,
For in honor we are dreaming
Of a truth that lives forever.
Silken banners undulating
On the winds where voices cheering
Stir our hearts. Faith unabating,
We their clamourous cries are hearing.
Where the Ladies fair stand waiting,
And the Lords rise up, unfearing,
We will lift our banners there, and
Share a dream, not disappearing.
[11 February, A.S. LI, 2017]