The Devil’s Dance

I usually post my poetry on my poetry blog A Grateful Man’s Poetry at A Grateful Man’s Poetry rather than this one but in this case my heart whispered to include it on this site as well, and I’ve learned to listen to those whispers. I believe and humbly hope that some of you will be glad I did.

With Love,


The Devil’s Dance

Two once-proud armies

Were sent to war

Just to settle a score

By two old fools

Who wore crowns.

In the middle of the fight

The bravest young knight

Raged, “Life has no chance

In this Devil’s Dance,

Only Death wins an unjust war!”

He flung his weapons down,

On the killing ground,

Uncurled his fist and took a great risk

By extending his bloody hand.

The other man knew

He could cut him in two,

But sheathed the sword he bore.

That’s the fateful day when

Five thousand young men

Chose peace

And walked away.

–Russ Towne

(C) Copyright 2016 Russ Towne

All Rights Reserved


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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9 Responses to The Devil’s Dance

    • russtowne says:

      I agree; a courageous one at that. Had only he or even 500 or so of the soldiers laid down their arms they would have been slaughtered by the rest, or the kings would have ordered their executions as traitors, but when all or even nearly all make a choice for peace even kings will lose their crowns (and probably their heads) unless they’re the ones who back down. War is not nearly so fun for kings when their own lives are put at risk. ;-D!

  1. ksbeth says:

    glad you’ve learned to listen to your whispers. love this.

  2. Joan says:

    great visualization!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Joan. Sometimes I can create a poem in ten or fifteen minutes. This one was a
      labor of love that perhaps took ten or fifteen hours over two days.

  3. O.u.t.s.t.a.n.d.i.n.g. 😀

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