Hero's Death - Feb 1977

He knew the blow was fatal
when sword cut into his chest
But that day he'd die an hero
he'd fought and killed the best
the battle had been fearsome
with odds of three or more to one
in which many a brave young hero
Had died a long and slow lingering death
The day was almost over
the battle was all but won
Then came his fatal error
of facing into the dying sun
A flash on steel into his eyes
a fraction of a moment blind
His lesson learned, now too late
that second sealed his fate.
A moment later he was gone
just like the sinking blood red sun.