Part 7 (Final)

On hobgoblin shoulders born
Elf slows the progress
Allies time has bought for all

But for Topaz time is forlorn
As life takes its egress
Dragon flies to goblin call

Landing in front of path
Topaz makes quotes in rasp
My kin will save the tree

They shall not exude wrath
Though pain is within grasp
Use tonic elf and none for me

My spell in one day cast
So seal the arbor safe
And reptile guard inside

Do not avenge our world past
Though the memories chafe
My final wish do abide

Hobgoblin, Elf, and Goblin heed
Upon this spot hospital do build
Granting aid to friend and foe

Show where final gate path lead
For those who are strong willed
The remaining arch will show

Part 6

Hobgoblin lead to second gate
Where manticore stood to defend
Vigilant like statue grand

Elf interrogated about Topaz state
Reply of flew to Emerald’s bend
There three look for strong stand

I am here for trespasser feast
And seal the gate once you pass
Hurry now I see them at river fjord

Goblin glanced past man beast
Army cut at river wall of glass
Only time kept moving onward

Gate clinked behind hiking trio
As distant crash rolled in ahead of storm
Slow progress up mountain was frustrate

Day wore on and fatigue did grow
Rest they made as stars tried swarm
Elf worried cure may come too late

Two days passed in determined ascent
Three making light enemy demise
For they were certain of lofty goals

Five flames from ground rent
Six times before the witch arise
Seven seconds before her tolls

Ate anger and rage at goblin
Nine steps charged elf with spear
Ten arrows from hobgoblin flew

Witch dodged like a darting robin
Shooting bolts of Elven fear
Brewing chaos in her stew

Elf fell in useless bloody pile
As Goblin hatchet hit bone
Of witch’s back with rage unmatched

Calm flowing like witches bile
And goblin now in solemn tone
The two tend to elf and patched

Part 5

Sylph flipped three cards
She puzzled in her eyes
Flipping out more fates

She hummed ballads
And though paused sighs
She began to speak the mates

Do you know of Snow Bear
The Legion of Vale Fall
Or Mercenary Queen Tir Lyre

Sylph answered before trio dare
All hear forest heart call
Riches from which they desire

They will storm the three gate
With plans to slay guardians grand
Goblin is now chink in scheme

Antidote for Topaz’s fate
Amethyst will brothers band
Your three fates still in dream

Beyond this repast
I will be no help
So I shall use my magic

Wall of water iced blast
Will leave them like whelp
Till its fall tragic

No harm may I do
Yet in delay I may aid
Make haste to yonder slope

My fate worry not you
I will stand not afraid
For your future is only hope

Part 4

Second watch elf was wake
Thoughts of day in mind raced
Trust and doubt battle fought

Quiet morning sun did make
Eager to head out elf paced
On horizon Topaz signs sought

Onward to mountain cave
Goblin by Elf lead
Hope rising of quiet morning

Topaz would soon be save
Protecting glen from outer greed
Sudden arrow without warning

Arrow pierced goblin arm
Elf searched for archer
Before second volley fly

Elf fired arrow in alarm
From sound of army marcher
Amethyst passed overhead in sky

Dragon let lightning loose
Down fell archer from his roost
Elf to Goblin wound did tend

Scouts in distance use
Direction of army deduced
Reckless abandon no safety spend

As duo made their haste
At bridge new ally met
Hobgoblin friend of elf

Relaying tale of army chased
Hobgoblin agree onward to set
Toward river of one more sylph

No rest would trio bind
On travels to Topaz mine
One day more till mountain climb

Cross river sylph they find
On fish and apples she dine
Urging trio to join in her chime

Part 3

At gate Amethyst paced
Over ashen bodies he trod
Spying distant two in rush

At attention dragon braced
As approached foe with rod
Ogre spell cast and fell a hush

Silenced Amethyst clawed
While elf and goblin pierce
Victorious lizard smiled at ally’s return

Goblin offered healing and laud
Amethyst returned fierce
Ogre body now to burn

Elf and goblin on ward went
Topaz next they seek
In no less harmless land

Across meadows time was spent
Goblin trailed feeling meek
Elf in growing confidence planned

The two stopped at fountain ruin
To drink each their fill
When from sky assailant flew

Down from Sky stones were strewn
As harpy onslaught grew intent on kill
Elf from back javelin drew

Hurling pole toward nearest foe
Harpy cawed and mocked
Goblin search pack for aid

Stone met armor in each blow
Goblin hand around hatchet locked
Turned and flung at assailant blade

Hatchet hit harpy wing true
While stones continued to fly
Elf chanted sacred spell

Goblin bid fallen harpy swift adieu
And Elven flame came from the sky
Harpy menace it did quell

As night fell shelter the pair sought
Another day till Topaz be healed
Bitter root stew no sate did provide

Goblin watched first with trust bought
Quiet sentry with lantern and sword wield
First moon set was night’s divide

The Calling

The calling came in early rage
Asking for residence and stage
I pushed it back best I knew
All in an attempt to help you
It sent unheard words past
Digging into your mind vast
Walls to guard against built
Left for me to navigate their guilt
Running in those shadowed lands
Called again without stretched hands
Each knocked back when I embraced
Trying to mitigate damage as I raced
At times making it hard to see
They could not keep you from me
It was not always a daily fight
Each to rest between each plight
In the days of fog and rain
Hesitation to ask for ease of pain
Then back again once more
To help brace inner door
Rest now and then in my gaze
Each bout does slowly phase
Till the call your name no longer knows
Here to guard as long it goes

Part 2

I shall guide you there quick
Through yonder woods
Spoke witch to gnome

Witch took lead with stick
next was gnome then goblin stood
Elf was last as he followed home

In line down deer’s trail
On to Amethyst gate
Quartet went in silence

In hour’s time plans derail
As trio into pit did sail
Witch looked down in defiance

Gnome did grunt in blow
Elf did storm in curse
Goblin silent indignation

How think you I know
Dragon does get worse
You shan’t be guardian salvation

Up old gnome did float
On magical spell flow
Next came rain of fire

Around which it did coat
Pain and death it sow
Victory at gnome’s tire

Orders given In raspy voice
Take tincture vile to cure
Topaz, amethyst and emerald

Goblin grabbed with little choice
Elf not sure intentions pure
Down the path ground trembled

Part 1

Amethyst was there for wisdom
Topaz the next gate was skeptic
Emerald was last keeper of the glen

Dragons to protect the kingdom
Hold back the outside antic
And keep back the fen

Elf in hurried nights pursuit
Beyond the Amethyst ward
Heft axe high for to thwart

Yet goblin in armor suit
Raised in defense sword
A gnomish lady of magic sort

No further may you go
These lands sacred now flee
Demanded elf between cleave

Retorted Goblin with counter blow
Sorceress is here at Dragon’s plea
Not here for secrets to thieve

Blades fell short at revelation
Contemplation took hold of mind
Gnome smirked and bowed

At the near ogre roared in elation
An easy meal he did find
Three courses for giant glowed

Trio did no panic at the sound
But flight they did so make
As food was no their destiny

To the Amethyst they bound
Though no direct path take
Not knowing ogre’s tenacity

Their progress did now halt
As tree flew over head
What path to now take

To right a mine of salt
The left was taken instead
Round the witches lake

Into a trap they may have gone
Young witch away ogre sent
Yet herself a mystery of motive

Grey haired youth posed at dawn
Why was ogre on you bent
Did thee intend to make it explosive

Sorecess in kind did reply
He thought us best as food
Though why are we for you to thank

With words not so sly
I am curios why Elf left wood
And ventured to my water’s bank

Elf spoke in word keen
My elders their help did seek
My job to guide them thither

Witch with wisdom unseen
Elder Topaz is getting week
Gnome you should not dither


Who was it coming to collect their toll
Why did it send shivers in the soul
As winds of warning blew
The guardian numbers dropped to few
In haste all things were to defend
Before the new comers could upend
It was in rage the tree fell
Hopes and dreams to dispel
All done at beck of fear
The powerless shed no tear
Fruit and flowers discarded
With each toss beauty departed
Fruit was to feed the brave
Yet even this did not save
Glorious branches cut at lightning strike
Forged into warriors’ pike
Sitting in wait for an enemy unseen
Not thinking of the piece that could have been
On the grounds of paradise lost
Never knowing true cost


Crimson sun rose summer morning
As triplets woke to vision warming
Looking down on valley low
Verdant passage past would go
The first with short auburn hair
her soft skin fair
Second with chestnut curls
They traced her thoughts in swirls
The third hair raven black
Braided long down his back

Not certain down that path to seek
Done with searched mountain peak
The first with thoughts noble true
Sought to help the sickened through
Second hoped for power grand
To raise those with reached out hand
The third feared deception and strife
Hoping to free land where rife

Radiance they set to spread
With nary a thought of dread
As day and hour passed
They were set all aghast
For what was green above
Was suffering under iron glove
Rusted lands in its grip
Bent on control not slip

Triplets arrived here too late
The land content to suffer fate
The first gave aid to all she met
They thanked but ways were set
Second plotted and planned
They thanked but thought it bland
The third rallied and riled
They thanked and strife stay wild

Disheartened the made toward home
Back up hill past fields loam
At valley edge road stood a band
They pleaded triplets make one more stand
Plan was made for morning light
Try again to make a fight
For those downtrodden to wake anew
See the world with different view.