Oh–! The Medieval Faire! 'Tis the Day of Which I've Long Dreamed!
For in my Heart I Know… that I Shall Be Made a Knight this Day!
Bears are Well-Honored Here, I See –– a Good Omen, Indeed!
We were Greeted by Those who Sang…
And Those who Told Stories…
And Those who Performed Mighty Acts of Cunning
Here were Those who Proposed Games to be Played
But… Most Importantly… there were Those Who Make Swords and Knives!
For I came as a Young Squire – with my Sword...
And with my Shield... and with Wonder at What-Was-To Come.
My Daddy Gifted me with a Very Fine Knife. I Felt So Grand!
We Strolled About and Met Those who did Trade and Those who did Craft
I met Ladies with Whom I Sat
And then a Man whom for Food would Prat and Prat...
Preposterous Plays Put-On by Play-Acting Players...
I was Amused Also…
We Stopped to See Fossils (of which I am quite fond)
And then to the Jousts – an Exciting Event!
On Our Way – We Met these Germans, Practicing their Swordsmanship!
We Saw Beautiful Ladies upon their Fine Horses
Then there was a Game.. a Serious Game… in Which Knights Must Capture Three Rings with Their Spears Whilst Riding their Thundering War Horses!
There were Oh-So-Brave Knights ready to Fight (to impress the Ladies, says Daddy)
There were Many Battles.
Lances were Broken. Knights were Brave!
They even Fought Hand-To-Hand
A New Friend consoled: "Don't Worry Ryan" It Shan't be So Baaaaa-aad"
(His Dad, Will-ie-Bay, owns the 'Lamb-Wow!' booth at the Faire) "Lamb-Wow! It's 4 Ewe!"
I met many Brave Men who said: "Fear Not, Squire" and "Drink This".
These Interesting Men Proffered me Yet More Libation to Soothe my Spirit... Lots of People wanted me to Share their Beer. Some of the Beers tasted like Apple Cider – that was Good! We Bears like Apple Cider!
...and even a Few Ladies Proffered me Kisses ...to Steel my Nerves, they Said (yikes!)
I Found my Champion – who would Introduce me to the King
Finally, I Knelt before the King. He said: "Squire Ryan – By the Order of St. George of the Dragon, I hereby...
... Knight thee 'Sir Ryan' of Bear Haven" – and he Touched his Holy Sword to my Right and to my Left Shoulder. I am So Honored!
I was Lifted Above the Crowd and It Was Proclaimed:
"Here Be Sir Ryan of Bear Haven!"
"Good People – Give Him Honor!"
"Huzzah! – Huzzah!" …Arose from the Crowd – as My Heart Swelled with Joy and Delight
To Celebrate my Knighting… Dad said that I Might Ride the Fearsome Centrifugal Beast!
Yes – indeed I was '…This Tall…' – for I was a Knight!
They Sat this Honored Knight in a Fine Chair…
Then they Said "Just You Wait There"
I was Not Worried… for I was Brave
And then the Men Started the Infernal Machine!
With Might and with Fright they Caused Us to Spin!
Oh–! What a Ride!
I was Nearly Done-In!
It was a Long and a Memorable Day!
Yet, Try as I Might… the Draughts of Meade and the Swirl of Memories and the Enchanted Kisses have Weakened this Knight…
Though Brave – as Sir Ryan of Bear Haven is Certainly Brave… I begin to Succumb to that Mighty Mistress that overcomes even the Bravest of Knights…
Our Lady of Sleep gently Drops Her Veil…Over… Me………..