Overcoming Adversity – A Prompt Stomp Sonnet

Leaf (c) in medias res by Melinda Kucsera

Overcoming Adversity

His father had nothing to do with him.
His mother died when he was nine, leaving
a three year old brother orphaned with him.
Sarn stole food, cared for his brother, cleaving
to streets he knew ’til his intense green eyes
attracted men who lusted for power.
They caught him, tried to steel what made his eyes
green, that budding magic in his glower.
They didn’t know the trick. They made him wander
the mines to find rare gems ’till he escaped
with his bro, a knight quester  and wonder
at the sudden way his future reshaped.
A lost child no more, though not a man yet,
he belonged no where and to no one yet.

He belonged no where and to no one yet–
his savior’s wandering had a purpose,
a destination he didn’t want yet.
One night he and his brother fled; they thus
lost the knight in the enchanted forest.
Winter’s snow and biting cold drove them out,
across the path of a caravan at rest.
Sick from magic and exposure both, doubt
assailed him about his plans to avoid all
people and places. When the offer came
he agreed and let the rich man install
him and his brother as his wards in name.
Yet worse was still to come before he’d win
some measure of peace without and within.

Yet worse was still to come before he’d win
and that worse bore a hooked nose, misery
in his eyes and a thirst for magic and skin.
A beating freed him from that lechery,
but too far had that monster gone and near
death Sarn lay; rescue’d come almost too late.
His body mended and he persevered,
but hearts so abused don’t offer clean slates
and so trouble’s arms once again ensnared
him but this time some glimmer of hope prevailed
in the wail of an infant who ensnared
his heart, held it firm, and gave him a win–
some measure of peace without and within.

~ ~ ~

This all takes place BEFORE the Curse Breaker Saga begins. Sarn’s story is about overcoming adversity; it’s also about the people who help you along the way. It’s about friendship and family too because those they are the people who help you get through the day. The biggest victory over his past adversity is still to come.

Prompt courtesy of Prompt Stomp week 7: overcoming adversity.

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