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

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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

Mirage

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