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!