The Refrigerator Door: The Battle of Valcoast

I am sure you have seen it–the refrigerator door that proudly displays the work of a child or grandchild.  I remember having my refrigerator’s door covered in demonstrations of my children’s ability at art or schoolwork, although it has been a few years since then.  As they have gotten older, there has been less and less to display and less and less enthusiasm to have it displayed.  It’s part of growing up, I suppose, but every now and again, I miss that cluttered door.  So, today, this post is a refrigerator door post.

Below is an epic poem written by my son for his English class.  He has not yet received his marks on this poem, so I am not posting it because I am proud of his grade.  I am posting it because I am proud of the young man he is becoming.  I remember when writing anything creative was torturous.  I spent many hours sitting next to him working on sentence structure and helping him see where more detail could be added to make his writing more interesting.  Now, as evidenced by this poem, he produces fine work without my assistance.

The Battle of Valcoast

From deep within the mountain in the dark and doleful dungeon

Awakens the attendant of awesome volcano spoils

In the village of Valcoast the vale of mountain quakes

For the mighty dragon of Wildebarrow met the warrior of disaster

With a great roar the guardian takes flight on giant wings of gales

And spreads fire to the forest around the fenlands near Valcoast

The Valcoast guardwatch sounds the alarm to alert all

Of the accelerated approach of danger that is the agile dragon

Men at arms blunder out of barracks to behold an awesome sight

For the dragon of death was descending on their village

Flames spew forth from the maw of the dragon

To ravage the robust rosewood ramparts of the stout village perimeter

Above the noise of the igneous inferno could be heard an intimidating sound

For many warrior warrigals from Wildebarrow’s void had been woken

By the dragon to wage war against the warrior of disaster

Atop of the keep tower the disaster-hero took his position

To do battle with the dreadful dragon of death

With mighty sword and mighty shield the magnificent disaster-warrior fought

And though the warrior was the strongest of men the dragon was stronger still

For with one colossal claw the dragon cleaved his shield in two

Though the hero had lost his shield he fought back hard-as-nails

And cut off the colossal claw on the mighty dragon’s paw

All the while the hero fought many fighters were fighting still

For below in the village a huge battle broke out between many warriors and warrigals

The battle was bleak and there was much bloodshed that day

But the garrison of Valcoast won the battle and there were many bellows of victory

The cries were cut short as from far above they heard the clash of a sword

The hero was still on top of the tower trying to slay the beastly basilisk

Hours went by but there was no sign of stopping as the dragon and hero were well balanced

Finally with one mighty swing of his sword the hero struck the dragon’s scruff

And with one final tremendous roar the dastardly harbinger of death was defeated

Many songs were sung that day of the successful battle

And of the warrior’s fight against the dragon and warrigals of Wildebarrow.

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Leenie Brown

Leenie Brown fell in love with Jane Austen's works when she first read Sense and Sensibility followed immediately by Pride and Prejudice in her early teens. As the second of five daughters and an avid reader, she has always loved to see where her imagination takes her and to play with and write about the characters she meets along the way. In 2013, these two loves collided when she stumbled upon the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. A year later, in 2014, she began writing her own Austen-inspired stories and began publishing them in 2015. Leenie lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two teenage boys and her very own Mr. Brown (a wonderful mix of all the best of Darcy, Bingley and Edmund with healthy dose of the teasing Mr. Tillney and just a dash of the scolding Mr. Knightley).

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