The Origin of the Phoenix
A Response to: Armies in the Fire by Robert Stevenson
Closer, closer, closer it comes
With feet that sound like battle drums
An army of men wreathed in fire
Leaking hate and seething ire
Pure inferno of rage and hate
There's none it won't incinerate
Its wrath turned on a kingdom good
But in its way a woman stood
Behold the queen of kingdom near
Her eyes were strong, she showed no fear
The marching men looked down with gall
And then the flames began to crawl
They formed into a massive beast
And so await the coming feast
It roared and shrieked and gnashed its teeth
Its fire burned the ground beneath
"Foolish child!" The demon sneered
The ground around him black and seared
"Too meet me here is truly rash!
Before I turn your bones to ash!"
She raised her head with steady voice
"Foul demon, I have made my choice
You may have conquered distant land
But for my people I will stand"
"We know your soul is truly black
By the innocent you attack
And thus I shall not let you near
People whose lives I hold so dear"
The monster laughed up from his throat
And said, "Such charming words you wrote
Perhaps your courage is just a fake
Even from here I see you shake"
Then the creature pounced upon
The brave young queen, who soon was gone
Devoured by inferno's might
Till none but ashes were in sight
"I have won you silly girl"
But then the ash began to whirl
His mighty blaze began to dim
The beast's great form collapsing in
Around the ash the flame did storm
Taking on a human form
The beast looked on in shock and awe
And then he screamed from smoking maw
"What is this madness? It cannot be!
You could not have defeated me!
You were burned before my eyes!"
But it ignored his ceaseless cries
And then the flames took final form
Into a glow both soft and warm
A brave young girl ablaze with light
Reborn to win this final fight
The demon bellowed one final time
Then vanished as befit his crime
And behold the thing that took its place:
The brave young queen so full of grace
And that is how the legend spread
Of the girl who once was dead
From blazing will a Phoenix born
Then vanished with the coming morn