Xena: Warrior Princess

An old debt had yet to be paid

A ghost behind the veil
waits for a sword’s mystical help
where in-between worlds
death can still be cheated
through ancient mist
if the Gods are pleased.

How absurd to play a coda
as if it were the end
of a love which never dies.

I shall tell it to the sky
I shall tell it to the clouds
I shall say it all in teardrops
on stormy nights like this.

Sometimes love needs a champion
The demon cannot win his
grand intention
with the sacred Katana
she’ll free the souls he’s trapped
in so doing will
find her own redemption
and hence, a state of grace.


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This video clip is taken from the last two-part episode of my most fav TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. ‘A friend in Need’
The music is from the movie Pearl Harbour.
Some of these episodes were downright silly but, some were very good.  In the final episode Xena has to die and use the sacred Katana to kill a demon ghost who eats souls to gain strength.

Very intense, passionate, lovely.

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

31 thoughts on “Xena: Warrior Princess”

  1. I love the idea of writing a love poem to Xena. We find so many of our passions fulfilled by the heroes of the imagination. Your desire to depict the internal struggle for redemption that the heroine exhibits is indicative of these TV shows, I think.

  2. Oh, man, my daughter and I used to watch Xena,,, thinking that was the first time I realized I had a budding lesbian in the family! She had a big crush on Lucy Lawless. Then Battlestar Gallactica, the remake, came out, and there was Lucy and now my husband had a crush on her too. Riley said, “See, Lex, we have so much in common!!” The mythology was a little hard for me to keep up with, but the basic premise, and the strong, confident – yet vulnerable and ultimately self-sacrificing character of Xena was quite inspiring. Giving all for the world. That’s to be admired! Thanks, honey. Amy

  3. Wow- never expected to read a poem inspired by xena! Your words are sword sharp- and paint a fitting and inspired tribute

  4. I love this ! Xena has always been very special to me .. used to adore her all through ym growing up years .. thank you for this wonderful post …

  5. I liked the series, and like you said, sometimes the stories are silly, but then I don’t think this one or Hercules was meant to be too serious. it was just a fun show to watch. Miss it now.

    This poem could very well be recited at campfire, amongst adventurers. 🙂

  6. This feels like part of a much longer and more involved epic. Sometimes you need the expanse of such a form to be able to exhibit yourself at what Pablo Neruda calls “plenos poderes”… full powers.

  7. I don’t know the first thing about Xena … but your poem and the video clip moved me to tears, Bren … I can’t even begin to explain what I’m feeling right now …

  8. Liked this very much – esp the unorthodox subject matter. Never saw the series, but it almost sounds Christ-like in self-sacrifice.

  9. Really cool write. You know, I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but I cannot recall if I ever watched the show, and It’s kind of something I’d be into, with creatures, mythically based and all. Might have to see what they have at Hulu. I love your remark in the poem about never ending, that’s so true and carries a very powerful connotation with it. Great piece. Thanks

  10. Sadly, I too have not seen this show, I rarely watch television. However, I was quite moved by this tribute and am a sucker for warriors :). The stanza that begins ‘How absurd…’ is lovely.

  11. Like some of the others I have not seen Xena..and yet it doesn’t matter..i can feel her warrior spirit..i think it can be applied to other realms..absolutely..Jae

  12. How absurd to play a coda
    as if it were the end
    of a love which never dies….love, love, love this…

  13. Believe it or not, I never saw a single episode of this show, but your poem tells me that it is significantly metaphorical and something I might want to check out. I love the “sometimes…” stanzas. Have you thought about italicizing them? Could be effective, but of course, not needed.

  14. I especially love the stanza that begins “I shall tell it to the sky”. I love “I shall say it all in teardrops”…….so beautiful!

  15. Love this, especially:
    “I shall tell it to the sky
    I shall tell it to the clouds
    I shall say it all in teardrops
    on stormy nights like this.”


  16. sometimes love needs a champion….no truer line has been spoken…and i love that yyou will tell it to the rain, the clouds, the skies…been a while since i thought about xena…smiles…and i think in freeing other souls we do often find our own freedom….

  17. Never did watch this series, but you make a good case for it! Sometimes a person does find redemption by helping others in some way though, I think. Whether ‘freeing souls’ or just somehow lending a hand. Very nice write, Bren.

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