Mighty Ares

Mighty Ares
by Samantha Frye/Lykeia

(from Sleeping Dragon)

Bronze-armed Ares, red caped: fire, life and blood

How heavy your step and the clang of armaments

An ancient song and dance to raise the heart in men.

Like the heartbeat within the earth, pulsing flame

Beating upon the ground and shield, o lusty song.

Unbending, un-diverting, level is your gaze on land

Steel-eyed tempest god, the evil flee before you:

They quake in terror and hide their eyes from your sight

Fearing the rising wind, the inferno spinning

Those flaming teeth waiting to bite and consume.

Away the evil from the door, Ares stands guard!