The Thing About Jousting

Image by Unknown Artist (circa 1560) / Getty Open Content Program

The thing about jousting
is someone’s getting knocked
off their high horse.
Whether it’s the white knight or blue
is a matter of course.

The thing about jousting
is an extended neck
may not garner a cheer.
It’s not enough to charge bravely;
the winner must steer.

The thing about jousting
is each contestant is given a lance,
but whether the blade has been blunted
is a matter of chance.

The thing about jousting
is that most knights cheated,
and the ones who rode honorably
were likely defeated.

The thing about jousting
is it’s not just about ramage;
the true winner finishes
with less brain damage.

The thing about jousting
is it’s a lot like survival;
to be found the fittest,
outlive your rival.

© 2023 | K.Hartless


Written for January’s Visual Verse.

18 comments

  1. an enjoyable poem, spot on; never seen a poem on this topic before but, of course, it’s very topical in that its modern counterparts: gridiron, aussie rules footie etc — incur the same sort of damages —

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