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Farewell to thee, brave soldier of the desert sands
We bid thee goodbye, in lasting peace and serenity
Fallen warrior, find providence in the cold night
Let your footsteps fall in steadfast grace
On the path illuminated by His torch

It’s pure light burning as brightly as the wisps of Fêng-Huang

May your journey find you at peace, dear Brother,
Once you cross those lonely roads
Fallen warrior, leave behind thy memory to blaze
Fervently aglow in our hearts an eternity’s depth
Your Honour never forgotten, sung for generations

Do not hesitate to go unto thy fate, we will soon follow

And those who still dwell this living Earth,
Remember his name not in pain or sorrow
Nay, for he will dwell in the golden fields of Elysium,
Forevermore glorious in eternal rest
Amongst those who bore fame the Halls of Valhalla

Fallen warrior, phoenix returning to the ashes.
So here it is - the 100/200-hits (since I took so bloody long getting around to it >.< ) deviation.

Considering recent events [link] , I decided to dedicate it to my brother, Salman (better known as Sal to the world).

However, I'm not sure I put it in the right category (Spiritual Ballad). Reasoning for my choice was that it's theme was Death, and had several references to various religous and spiritual beliefs. Whether it would be considered a Ballad by some, I don't know but I chose to put it in that grouping because it best explains the style I had originally written it in (the original not being in English. This is merely a translation at best).

For those of you who don't know much - or anything - about him and/or are curious about certain things in the poem, I'll try and give a quick summary now. Yes, theres several references to various Classical myths particularly surrounding the Afterlife - it's because he was obsessed with them. He loved studying literature and mythology, particularly the variations cultures had when depicting death and the afterlife.

Moreover, the lines that stand alone in itallics have personal meaning between me and him, sayings which he used often and believed.

I also made references to the legend of the Phoenix, because that's what he was referred to by friends and loved ones as a joke (number of reasons behind that one too). He liked them and his 'element symbol' was fire.

Anyway, enough babble from me on that - hope you all enjoy, criticisms are more than welcome but be warned I may not heed them this time around. Because this is a tribue to my brother, not something I would consider an actual deviation. Enjoy!
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Quicksilver1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I like it.
for two reasons

1. it show how much you love your brother
2.I am a sucker for anything pertaning to valhalla
aribasultan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
Hah! You and him both - in fact, if he were here right now he'd be going bonkers over your icon/avatar. Thanks for commenting, and for the fav. Greatly appreciated :)
Quicksilver1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
I like the first comment signiture

confucius am I right?
aribasultan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Mine or DMajorBoss's? Mine is Harriet Beecher Stowe, not too sure about Major's. I'll have to ask him for you next time I see him.
Quicksilver1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." confucius
aribasultan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Ah right that one. First time I've heard that its from Confucius, but I'll have to take your word for it, as I'm not too sure myself.
Quicksilver1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
good I found that out because they used that quote on an episode of Criminal Minds

(and people say you can't learn from TV) :)
aribasultan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
lol awesome :D thanks for sharing again mate
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blue-nodachi Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
wow! that was amazing! I feel retarded that I haven't looked at this until now,... sorry.
aribasultan Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
lol nonsense, don't be silly - I know how busy life can get - believe me ^^; Glad you took the time to look at it in the end though, thank you :)
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