William Neuenfeldt

Swedish Knight

for Max Von Sydow

The Knight and the Maiden by Richard Bergh

Losing to Death
in a game of chess,
the Nordic Knight still lived
to share decades of anecdotes,
from slaying spirits with
only Latin and a cross,
braving the elements
on a desert planet and
tutoring a future king
to see with all three eyes,
but now Death arrives for dinner
later than expected
knowing old Antonius
had learned his lesson
and with an open hand
welcomes him as a friend.


About the writer:
Will Neuenfeldt studied English at Gustavus Adolphus College and his poems will be published in Red Flag Poetry, Gyroscope Review, and Freeze Ray. He lives in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, home of Steven Stifler and a house Teddy Roosevelt slept in.

Image: The Knight and the Maiden by Richard Bergh (1858-1919). No medium specified. No size specified. 1897. Public domain.