A Guilty Heart to Hold

Killing, wounding, black death consuming

A ten year war behold

The face that launched a thousand ships(1)

A guilty heart to hold

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Stabbing, hacking, bow strings twanging

Arrows loosed in droves

Ares(2) playground

All must fear

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Burning, singeing, fire crackling

Bodies of fallen to ash

Hades(3) claim

The dead to find

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Trickling, sliding, a sigh escapes

Even the strongest are broken with sadness

A river of tears flows freely

All should mourn

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Shining, glinting, light blinding enemies

A savior to come!

Hectors(4) nightmare

All should cringe

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Gasping, gawking, surprise widening eyes

A dream left un-slain

Achilles(5) safe on shore

All should feel

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Building, rising, hatred consuming soul

Patroklos(6) slain by Hector

Nemesis(7) gaining power

All should dread

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Fuming, seething, desire to kill

The nightmare slays the dreamer

The Fates(8) thread is cut

All should see

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Pounding, clopping, horses hooves on soil

Achilles chariot drags Hector's body

Athena(9) nowhere to be seen

None should know

The grief and pain of war and disgrace

Pleading, granting, a nod of the head

A great exchange made

Hector buried; Helen grieving

A guilty heart to hold

The grief and pain of war and disgrace


1 The face that launched a thousand ships - The reason the war began was to get Helen, the beautiful wife of a powerful king, back after the son of another powerful king took her

2 Ares - God of war

3 Hades - God of the dead and wealth

4 Hector - One of the best fighters on one side of the war

5 Achilles - The greatest fighter on the opposite side of Hector. When he was a child his mother dipped him in the river Styx and all his body except his heel became inpenetrable to mortal weapons.

6 Patroklos - Achilles greatest friend

7 Nemesis - The goddess of revenge and vengeance

8 The Fates - Three sisters who decide the fate of mortals

9 Athena - Goddess of wisdom