Only Mortal

Alexander and Hephaestion Alexander and Hephaistion, by Andrea Camassei (credit: wikimedia commons)

Alexander conquered
with burnished hair curling
like a great feline’s mane.

He rode
needless of shield
hefting a bloodied sword
in his right hand.

Yet, when Alexander
it was Hephaistion’s shoulder
he leaned upon.


Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at

11 thoughts on “Only Mortal”

  1. Well written, and an interesting view. Often, greatness recognized in an individual is in truth a collective effort. Succinct and well composed, thank you for this.

  2. Heya Red! I have enjoyed reading your work, so I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award! I have no idea how it all works really, but there is a post on my blog about it. =) Keep up the good work!

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