Fan-Fic Poetry: Fighting the Long Defeat

By Avellina Balestri - An Ode to Fantasy Stories

Why do our stories
March on before us?
Those who remember them
Oft times ignore us
But our presence is there;
Our spirit-borne breath
Enlivens each telling
Defying our deaths

It is that! It is Chesterton!

The scorning, laughing at the grave

The fight for souls we hardly save

Fading, fading…

The baking, burning of the cakes

To hold fast for a red mark’s sake

Fighting, fighting…


It is that! It is Tolkien!

The crawling, grasping of hot stones

The faint recall of hearth and home

Fading, fading…

There’s fire spewing from the earth

The force of will, last thing of worth

Fighting, fighting…


It is that! It is Lewis!

The clawing, gasping on the stone

The ice-queen’s plunge, the final groan

Fading, fading…

There’s winter’s claim upon the land

A ransomed brother breaks her wand

Fighting, fighting…


It is that! It is Noyes!

The vengeful ride along the road

The highwayman dies in his blood

Fading, fading…

There’s magic in each windy gust

Bringing back the brigand’s ghost

Fighting, fighting…


It is that! It is Jacques!

The pleading, blocking of the foe

The barbed tail swings, the monk’s laid low

Fading, fading…

A warrior mouse from a tapestry

His challenge made, the bell swings free

Fighting, fighting…

Why do our stories
March on to lead men?
I suppose we all knew
Someday they would need them
Our breath is ablaze
Warming hearts with the heat;
For our heroes claim triumph
Through the longest defeat

AvellinaAvellina Balestri (aka Rosaria Marie) is one of the founding members and the Editor-in-Chief of The Fellowship of the King, a literary magazine with a strong Tolkienite influence (which, by the way, is open to submissions). She reads and writes extensively, and eagerly seeks out the deeper spiritual significance of popular fandoms such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. And yes, she does have a soft spot in her heart for classic Disney movies, The Princess Bride, and Merlin 😉 She is also a recording artist, singing traditional folk songs and her own compositions as well as playing the penny whistle and bodhran drum. She draws her inspiration from the Ultimate Love and Source of Creativity, and hopes to share that love and creativity with others.

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