The Warrior's Renunciation


the warrior is held

to a higher standard

than other men

where they are given license

to indulge

he must abstain

where others might be spared

he must not spare himself

in all matters

which might distract

from becoming empty

     of fear and judgment

        ambition and rage

from taming

     the nightmares

        which stalk his soul

that he may move

     through chaos

with tranquility

he must choose

     his earthly alliances

        with care

while keeping safe

his greatest secret

     that in truth

        his only service

is to heaven



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