Achilles (Despite His Flaw)

a poem by John Starks, USA

Achilles (strong and brave) one weakness had,
As he (despite his flaw, exceeding great)
Was subject yet to some unlikely fate,
The threat of which ne'er seemed to drive him mad.
The thought of war made him (rejoicing) glad,
As he (so well prepared, not prone to wait)
Proved subject to his law, or mental state,
Who viewed himself so much unlike a cad.
But heartless fate (long scheming) would betray
The one too eager (so it seemed) to fight,
As she would slay the one sent forth to slay.
She needed not the cover of the night
To take him down, as dusk would tropic day
Who seemed impregnable ere taking flight!

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