Step wise, O Horseman of my heart,
Lest wrongly you decide
Which barren road is best to flee
The Valley of My Pride.

I sense your soulful progress deep
Through forests grown from fears,
Avoiding husks of empty deeds
And shadows made of mirrors.

You dare not halt or slow your step
Lest twilight overtakes
And finds you bogged in bitter mire
Left by my past mistakes.

I pray no sin or hellish snare
Dissuades your sturdy stride
While seeking pathways to escape
The Valley of My Pride.

Behold! a distant gleam ahead
Beyond Disgruntled Creek;
You brave its leeches and ignore
Their egocentric shriek.

With blade of truth and polished shield
You slay ghouls of deceit
Who strive to drag you from your mount
Entwined in vile conceit.

Godspeed, O Horseman of my heart
Upon your valiant ride,
And blaze a trail for me across
The Valley of My Pride.

2 thoughts on “Humility

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    I was immediately put in mind of the classic, ” Pilgrim’s Progress “. Out of sheer professional curiosity, at our regular monthly ” Not Just Poetry” workshop sessions,we would ask about which writers and works might have influenced you in this and similar work ?

  2. Kenn Allan Post author

    Well, to be perfectly honest I really haven’t read much poetry other than Poe’s “The Raven,” “Annabelle Lee,” and Longfellow’s “Wreck of the Hesperus” which I memorized in elementary school. Oh, and Dr. Seuss (of course). For me, writing these poems comes as a natural means of self-expression.

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