This is my first posting at Big Tent Poetry http://bigtentpoetry.org/ . They use a group of word prompts (see below) for 2/28, along with two phrases: “There is also the matter of ____” and “He started by _____.”
Trying to work in all the prompts fell somewhere between difficult and impossible, which explains why the latter stanzas feel so contrived. I would welcome any constructive criticism that doesn’t totally crush my fragile ego, major bruising is okay.
A HERO’S DAY
by Mike Patrick
When the sun’s advancing angle
cast its flame across his bed,
from his sheets he did untangle,
poking out his boyish head.
His smile took in the wonder
of a brand new, shiny day.
There were worlds to plunder,
parades to follow, dreams of faraway.
He started out by planning
his assault on Draco’s den.
That evil dragon’s range was spanning
o’er the creek again.
There was also the matter
of the pirates on the lake.
The question was, would they scatter,
or leave carnage in their wake?
With a smile to defy the devil,
sword slapping against his thigh,
he charged across the level
and looked them in the eye.
The battle finally turned out great,
ending with an awful gasp,
and for a typical boy of eight,
another day slipped past.