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“In Tselinoyarsk Lies Fatal Shore” Revisited with Audio Written and Read by Stephen J. Dawson Jr.

In Tselinoyarsk Lies Fatal Shore by Stephen J. Dawson Jr.

The falcon’r of Tselinoyarsk patiently waits and stalks his prey
From higher ground he spots a snake
And thought a filling meal he’d make
But, corner’d, arm’d with venomous fang,
He rattled to warn the great bird who sang
His paean to the falcon’r,
Unknowing the serpent’s pis aller

The triumphant anthem of Sokrovenno
Echo’d through the Sacred Wood
A mere messenger to a man
Apex Predator of the land
He skulked around the Virgin Cliffs
And took up aim, he oft’ ne’er miss
The shot was heard, echo’d through trees
But the tempter tempt’d not only the good
The valiant snake slither’d to Rokojov Bereg
To battle on the Fatal Shore
The lake of lilies, death looming
Blood stain’d and snow white, yet blooming
Each petal pluck’d with venom spread
The tempter, ensanguined, gently wept
As he now stood o’er the prey he adored
In Tselinoyarsk lies Fatal Shore
And awaits a sin that the serpent abhors
But must be met lest he shall roam,
Forget His Country, His God, His Home.
-Stephen J. Dawson Jr.
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  1. “The lake of lilies, death looming
    Blood stain’d and snow white, yet blooming
    Each petal pluck’d with venom spread
    The tempter, ensanguined, gently wept
    As he now stood o’er the prey he adored“

    This is so bad ass. Brutal and beautiful. You have such a talent; a way of writing that feels ancient and classic.

    1. Thank you for that! It made my day! Most people just say it makes me an asshole. Hahahaha.

      1. Hahahaha. Thank you! You are as well. The reason I come off like an ass if for doing things like, let’s say, correcting that reference… “Doth protest too much, methinks”…. Sorry!! Couldn’t resist. Hahahaha.

      2. Haha! No worries. If I were insecure about my own abilities I might be tempted to be offended by your (or anyone’s correction). But since I’m not, I just smile and see it as an organic element of your personality. People who react negatively to valid and objective correction aren’t comfortable in themselves… and that doesn’t make the person pointing it out an asshole. So today you get an asshole pass from me.

      3. Thank you! Finally, someone who gets it. This is why I love your blog. We have a bit in common.

      4. I think we probably have more in common than we even realize at this moment. Which is a nice feeling, being understood. Sometimes the wolf and the fox can hunt together 🙂

      5. I have so many metal gear solid quotes to reply with… “This fox is still one step of the hounds.”

      6. Also. I should clarify – do people say things that offend me? OF FUCKING COURSE. But it’s generslly because they’ve said something unfair, cruel, unnecessarily judgmental or toxic. I have zero tolerance for unearned hatred and undeserving superiority. I was asking myself the other day where you were when some douche decided to spam one of my recent poems, spouting a bunch of garbage and vitriol about women. I had a feeling you wouldn’t have taken kindly to his bullshit haha. But I promptly destroyed him and showed his ass the door. So those are the people I categorize as assholes.

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