Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Tudor Ivy

By THLaird Colyne Stewart, September 2015 (AS 50)

Dedicated to Lady Jane of Greenhill (whose real first name is Ivy)
Based on an anonymous Tudor-era poem called ‘The Tudor Rose’

I love the ivy that grows green
And so transforms a wicker screen
Into a beauteous summer scene.
Joyed may we be,
For her to see,
How loved she be!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For Helen Grey

By THLaird Colyne Stewart

Amid the rustling banners bold
A tale is told of Korigan
Who fears no one, the wolf red-black,
Who from her pack will never stray.
For Helen Grey she stood the field
With sword and shield, and heavy axe,
To make me wax on honour bought
With how she fought for Helen Grey.

On August 29, 2015, at the Emprise of the Ermine Star, I fought Lord Korigan in a deed of arms. Part of the rules of the list were that if any part of a fighter other than their foot were to touch the ground, they owed a ransom to their opponent. I fell to the ground, and for my ransom Korigan tasked me to write a poem for her wife, Helen Grey.

Written using the aicill rhyme scheme where the final word of one line rhymes with an internal word in the next rhyme.