A Knight In The Devil’s Skin Armor
by Jacob Rosin, freshman
There once was a knight in the land of Riyskim. This knight had worn armor that was said to be made of the skin of the devil himself. One day the King of Avoel had tasked this knight to face the dreadful dragon Melandonia and as a reward, he would be given permission to marry princess Suoritus. The knight bravely accepted the challenge and left his family to conquer the beast.
As he came forth to the cave, he hesitated, contemplating whether he was actually capable enough to slay the mighty beast; just as he was deep in angst, none other than the dragon Melandonia appeared glaring from within the cave. Melandonia began spewing words as if fire through his nostrils, “so this is what they have sent….one feeble knight to slay the mighty Meladonia? What can one puny human do to stop a mighty dragon?” As the beast continued to insult the knight no one knew the dragon wasn’t the real danger...his mere words were pointing out his deepest weaknesses, his greatest fears, as well as all his insecurities; it was killing the knight from the inside out until he emotionally broke.
Despite Melandona's piercing words the knight replied, “ you may be right, I am only a puny human, but there is one thing you do not know; as you were revealing to me all my weaknesses, insecurities, and greatest fears, the armor that surrounds me has grown harder and harder and it most assuredly has made me stronger and stronger!
The knight then drew his blade and commanded, “Die you vile creature!” The knight and beast clashed claw to blade, sword to armor and every word the dragon spewed in mockery only fueled to harden the armor...for you see the armor takes weakness and turns it into strength...as we, all humans, should strive to do.
The knight had slain the dragon and beheaded him to return home to the Land of Riyskim with the beast tied to his back as the town's people cheered him on... for no more will the dragon terrorize them - forever more!
Soon thereafter, the knight happily married the princess!!
But this isn’t a tale of fantasy, no….it’s all too real...for this tale goes on in the minds of us all, for the dragon is what is known as “depression” and the knight is within us and the armor is when each of us turns our weaknesses into our strengths!
is bound up
for we can
- Bishop Desmond Tutu
Contributors to the blog are students in Ms. Washington's classes: Seniors in Advance Placement Literature and 9th grade ELA.