Searching For The Sangreal


                                                 Searching For The Sangreal


Farewell, my lord, King Arthur,
this may be my last farewell,
I go on the quest you gave us,
I go searching for the Sangreal.

This task is great you gave us,
one so worthy of our name,
I’ve a token of my true love,
for I may never see her again.

Searching for the Sangreal,
our Lord’s Holy Grail.
Searching for the Sangreal
in my shining mail.

Sir Galahad you dubbed me,
all at your fair table round.
A dragon’s head I gave thee
that I slew on dark, burning ground.

Searching for the Sangreal,
our Lord’s Holy Grail.
Searching for the Sangreal
in my shining mail.

I stand before a tower,
it shines ruby, sapphire light,
and I walk across the drawbridge,
and kneel before tall angels bright.

Farewell, my lord, farewell, my lord,
this is my last farewell.
I achieved the quest you gave us,
I have seen the Sangreal.

( Searching For The Sangreal was published in the Summer 2013 issue of The Dawntreader, a quarterly poetry magazine, published by Indigo Dreams Publishing:   Facebook page:



Chimneys and Clouds
by Philip Dodd

I lay on my bed
head on my pillow,
weary, worn, I looked
out of my window,
dark chimneys and clouds
is all that I saw,
the light and shadow,
I wanted to draw,
in chalk and charcoal,
made me feel tranquil,
that is all, nothing more.

Roused no emotion,
just observation,
dwelt on the present,
the pleasant word combination
of chimneys and clouds.
Feeling playful, I thought,
what about, the other way round,
clouds and chimneys?
Same vision, same sound.
Clouds and chimneys,
high above ground.

I rose from my bed,
paced from my pillow,
pensively, I gazed
out of my window.
Still chimneys and clouds
is all that I saw,
the light and shadow
grew solid and sure.

Felt simple and sane,
not broken, not bored,
by chimneys and clouds,
all else was obscured.

Chimneys and clouds,
light and shadow,
chalk and charcoal,
outside my window.

Chimneys and clouds,
seen from my childhood,
I had to grow up,
got lost in the wild wood.
At last, I came clear,
stood calm and serene.
Chimneys and clouds,
concrete and clean.

Philip Dodd, Author of Angel War

About Angel War

My name is Philip Dodd. I was born in 1952, live in Liverpool, England, have a degree in English literature from Newcastle University, and I have been writing songs, stories and poems since I was twelve. I began writing what became Angel War in 1986 and I did not finish its final version until September, 2012, so it took me twenty six years to write. It was published as a paperback in April, 2013 by Fast Print Publishing and as an E-book in March, 2014.  On its front cover, there is a print by Gustave Dore, called The Woman and the Dragon, and on its back cover there is a print by the same artist, called The Fall of Babylon.  My book, Angel War, could be described as a work of fantasy fiction, rooted in The Bible. It was chosen as one of the twelve finalists for The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for 2013 in the adult (fiction) category, I am very pleased to say. It was given a Wishing Shelf Finalist logo and sticker for its cover and a Wishing Shelf Finalist Certificate. On this blog I intend to write more about Angel War, my light-hearted science fiction story, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, and my poems, which I intend to publish one day in a collection, called Chimneys and Clouds.


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