So. Which inspires us more, the warrior, or the poet?
The answer is neither.
You see, people aren’t inspired by poets who have been through nothing. Neither are people inspired by warriors who have not conquered the battles they are given. The two stories I told you were neither the story of a poet or a warrior--they were only two different types of a third kind of man: the warrior-poet.
And he is the heart of inspiration.
But let me clear something up. Being a warrior doesn’t necessarily mean someone who literally fights with swords or spears. It’s someone who conquers their personal struggles. Spartacus was just as much a warrior as Helen Keller was, they were just two different wars at two different times.
Likewise, being a poet isn’t necessarily someone who writes lines and verses. It’s about awakening the spirit of exploration inside all of us. It’s a picture of you and me, coming home and gathering our friends together, urging them and exhorting them “You guys, you will not believe the things we’ve seen! You have got to come and see it for yourself!”
The warrior poet doesn’t have to be one person, but the ideas are inseparable. It is the relationship of these two worlds coming together: experiencing and thinking, story and telling, warrior and poet. If you haven’t been a true warrior, you’ll never become poetry, and if you don’t have the spirit of a warrior in you, you can’t be a true poet. Joan of Arc was a warrior who became poetry. When David defeated Goliath, he used his experience to become the poet who wrote the Psalms.
The character Samwise Gamgee said it best in Tolkien’s “The Two Towers”:
“I used to think that [adventures] were things the folk of stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them. But I expect they had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have even forgotten. We hear about those that just went on – and not all to a good end, at least not what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same.”
You know, the whole reason why the warrior-poet inspires us is because our Savior was a warrior-poet.
No one has ever lived a perfect life… except for Him.
No one was supposed to save us… but He did.
Jesus Christ died for us.
And He came back again.
God’s going to give each one of us a battle to fight. You’re not supposed to win it, but you can. This is what inspires the human soul: the Warrior-Poet who went there and back again.
Poet: someone who writes.
Warrior: someone who fights.
Friends, you have to understand this. The world is beautiful. It’s worth fighting for. It’s worth writing about. Would you lose your life just because life is so worth living? I would. I would do it again and again and again. Because you can never begin to live until you dare to die.
-The Minstrel Boy