(The Way Of The Warrior)


The tarnished blade divides the air

with a wisp of its viperish breath,

its subtle sigh,

from too close by

is a ruthless dealer of death.


A thousand turns of a sword-smiths hand,

each hammer-blow, purest skill,

a knowledge passed down

with a smile and a frown

for a beauty forged for the kill.


The ancient warrior whirls around,

dispensing one last threat,

his calm, agile gait,

a dark, deadly trait,

all challengers defiantly met.


He walks the field with noble strides,

through names of men untold,

who fought to gain, 

yet died in vain

and history’s tale will be told.


He defended his realm with ceaseless zeal,

he stood his ground and won.

He protected his kin;

he will never give in,

until the bloody battles are done.




Written as, “Defender”, by Darren Scanlon, October 2013.

Revised as “Bushido”, by Darren Scanlon, 4th September, 2016.

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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Darren Scanlon

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website, http://darrenscanlon.wordpress.com

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