Poem introduction

One of my most favourite things about poetry is the fact that you get to play with words. I am particularly fond of homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings. In this poem I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could create a poem that celebrates the homophone by bringing many different words with similar sounds but very different meanings into one world.

The Duelling Duo

In the pitch of night

two knights shared a thought,

with a sword in each hand

as they slashed and fought

on the highest ramparts

of the crumbling fort.

 

The duo duelled

with their dual swords

hacking left then right,

their metal ringing,

each convinced they were right.

 

One would hit - one would miss

in the mine-dark night

with its coal-fist mist.

One blade rang on a helmet,

hand tight on a hilt-rung sword,

both proving their mettle

in this mourning morning.

 

Each trying to raze

the other to the ground,

ignoring the sun's rays,

they danced their iron,

refusing to pause,

ignoring the sweat

that rained from their pores,

each desperate to reign

with their armour-bash peel.

 

The same thought in each head

that neither could still.

Both were right,

could not be wrong.

Apparent in their blades, raised.

Transparent in their eyes, glazed.

 

"I am right".

 

The lie they thought

as they fought

in the fort.


from Overheard In A Tower Block (Otter-Barry Books, 2017), © Joseph Coelho  2017, used by permission of the author and  the publisher

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