Silver Hand

Melor of the Silver Hand

His father murdered for a throne, his own life under threat,

He lost a crown to envy and so he would not forget

His sword hand they had cut from him, so knight he could not be;

They took his left foot also, that the child might never flee.

A foot of bronze they fashioned and a hand of silver too

But as the child grew older, then magic metal grew.

Alarmed they had him kidnapped and his jailer took his head.

Yet climbing from the castle wall the jailer’s son fell dead.

The jailer journeyed onward, soon exhausted, grieving still,

Till, nigh to death and sick with thirst, he rested on the hill,

He recognised his faulty heart and wailed about the deed

That took his own son’s life as well, and now he was in need;

“Take up your staff,” said Melor’s head, “And in earth let it stand.”

The jailer did and water bubbled up beneath his hand.

The wondrous head fell silent as the jailer drank the stream

Above him branches bearing fruit as if within a dream.

Yet, once refreshed, his greed renewed, he sought out his reward

And took poor Melor’s severed head and gave it to his lord.

The King, delighted, gave him all land that he could find…

They later found the jailer on the hill he owned… struck blind.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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20 Responses to Silver Hand

  1. Sadje says:

    What a fascinating tale Sue. Is this a legend?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Eunice says:

    A rather gruesome but fascinating tale with a great twist at the end 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. restlessjo says:

    Sounds like just deserts to me 🤔💕

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. This is such an interesting poem, Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Gradmama2011 says:

    divine retribution

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Dale says:

    Sounds like a fable!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Old legends are epic! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  9. KL Caley says:

    Ooh, very interesting Sue. This had a feel of an old saga told round a fire. KL ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  10. dgkaye says:

    Fab tale, scary that it’s real. Neat last line. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Bela Johnson says:

    Wow. Yikes. 😯

    Liked by 1 person

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