Pyrrhic Victory

by Karl Wild GG23   Sep 2, 2010

Every war has it's casualties, every victory has it's price.

Whisper hollow words into a midnight mist,
Crush helpless hearts with a tightened fist.
Disappear into an innocent summer breeze,
As love sleeps beneath the sycamore trees.

Sweet dreams disintegrate to a youthful hue,
Fair is for fairy-tales that never come true.
Hearts seem to vanish with loves grand illusion,
Lock away your hopes with divine seclusion.

Forgotten love in time will surely transform to lust,
Neglected novels on bookshelves, wrapped in dust.
The picture of you I hold when I sleep has frayed,
Castles in the clouds without doubt, inevitably fade.

I truly wish the best for you in all your endeavors,
Wouldn't trade our time for countless forevers.
My love for you sleeps beneath a sycamore tree,
Waiting in the wind, hoping to never be....
Pyrrhic Victory.

In a fight to the bitter end, when you risk everything, you lose nothing.

"This poem is written to the love of my life. I want her to know I'd die to protect her and nothing will ever change the way I feel about her. No amount of distance or time could ever replace my love for her..... I'll fight for our love until the death of me"

The phrase is named after King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose armies defeated the much bigger Roman armies on two separate occasions at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC. In both victories the Romans had more casualties, but they also had more soldiers. Pyrrhus is quoted to have said "Another such victory and I'll return to Epirus alone."

Pyrrhic Victory (pier - ick) - is a victory with devastating cost to the victor; it carries the implication that another such will ultimately cause defeat. A victory gained at too great a cost.


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  • 7 years ago

    by Anonymous

    Thanks for this man. You're gifted.

  • 9 years ago

    by XxFallenxFromxGracexX

    This is absolutely gorgeous, so well written full of emotion and i can picture every line

    just beautiful 5/5

  • 9 years ago

    by Michael D Nalley

    As always I love your style . The foot note really added to the image of facing overwelming odds in winning the whole heart of the love of you life. I am just speachless just when I think you can't top your last poem you do it anyway

  • 9 years ago

    by sHaTtErEdMiStAkE

    Im glad you won!!!! This poem is so meaningful, & full of emotion. I only wish that i could write as beautifully as you! Great Job!!

  • 9 years ago

    by jescelle

    Oooooh man! Publish, publish publish! Really, you need a book contract, your too good for P&Q!
    "Forgotten love in time will surely transform to lust"... Soo true!
    Aww, I can't even begin to say how amazingly written this is, how elegantly you touched upon the basic core of love VS humanity's pushing it away, like we don't know what love is..
    Good gracious, your an artist :)