The Seven Swords by Valerie Parente
He was an elven warrior,
wielding a mighty sword,
an Excalibur that glowed,
in dire times of war.
There were six other swords,
each emanating a vibrant hue,
violet, indigo, green, yellow,
orange, scarlet, and his was blue.
This elf belonged to the clouds,
his people charged the stars,
on a stratosphere of temples,
each lighting up the dark.
Sky-born elves were peaceful,
up until a decade ago,
when archangels from underground,
took the stars as their own.
Ever since that catastrophic heist,
the world was never the same,
all creatures lived in the dark,
using torches to illuminate.
That’s when the seven swords
broke their hibernation,
their glow was the key,
to defeating hell’s nation.
The blue sword resided in a raincloud,
violet was stored on the lilac beach,
indigo hid away in the catacombs,
green perched in the forts of trees,
yellow in the sunlight chapel,
orange in the nymph observatory,
and scarlet in the wicked forest,
that guarded hell from enemies.
All seven swords were retrieved,
by different breeds of man,
elves, witches, trolls, and more,
each ready to take a stand.
Every retrieval was its own tale,
but that is for another day,
today we discuss the battle,
that took place at hell’s gates.
The archangels fought hard,
to keep the world in the dark,
but the seven swords fought harder,
to find the light that was lost.
For seven days and seven nights,
the battleground was on fire,
and sword after sword,
illuminated like a lighter.
The archangels were defeated,
by the myriad of colors,
and every time one deceased,
they exploded like no other.
A rainbow of brilliant rays,
shot up like a beam to the sky,
and each archangel carcass,
became a new kind of starlight.
Ever since that fateful day,
the blue sword became a symbol,
absorbing the light in the sky,
that once belonged to the dismal.
We learn from the seven swords,
that sometimes the darkest minds,
just need a little spark,
to surrender to the bright side.
– Valerie Parente (4-16-2021)