Moonlight Marked Her Bed

Moonlight moved the dark

across the evening skies

clothing every secret

that seeps beneath the black disguise


moonlight marked the hour

and rendezvous the right

and whisper spilled forbidden love

concealed by the cloak of night



Her hair was yellow moonlight

Her lips were crimson red

Her breast were bathed by moonlight

as was her poisoned bed


Her secret was born in madness

in the horror of a war

that painted one's allegiance

by birth, upon each door


She the imprisoned captive

secretely keeping score

and he the secret lover

with watch of her unlocked door


By day he kept to orders

where rifle marked his post

Stood sentry to his duty

in light that kept his ghost


But moonlight marked his hour

and rendezvous his flight

and the post which he deserted

was hidden by the night


Her village lay in plunder

her family, shot and dead

from enemy patroling streets

and stained in crimson red


By day she hid her hate

by night unleashed her sin

Painted in yellow moonlight

and vengence kept within


His post was masked in black

enveloped by the night

but revealed by windows candle

placed secretly to light


The desertion of his duty

and the crowning of her own

brought soilders to her beacon

and a grave her hate had sown


Her hair was yellow moonlight

Her lips were crimson red

Her breast ran red in moonlight

covering the dead


Moonlight moved the dark

across the evening skies

She masked both love and hate

within the same disguise


Moonlight marked her hour

and rendezvous her light

but vengence lit the candle

that whispered in the night


The memory of crimson red

was stained upon her lips

To lure a lover from the night

in many secret trips


Her poison was his lust

her bed the poison's spoon

Her sin had died in candlelight

and his, in her poisoned room.






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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

MY! Such an epic! But, oddly, it feels like a living story . . . I am entranced. So 'other' than your more usual. Your treatment of it is truly masterful, poetic to its core and all that one can wish is - that there be so much more!

It gives much to ponder, Alan. Much! Thank you for bringing it forth!

I simply hold my breath lest I intrude.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Good morning Nellieanna! Yes, it is a departure. I have always wanted to write a ballad of sorts. I like the rhythm and beat and rhyme of epic poetry. I really want to write a longer one, but, one needs to be a story teller first, I suppose.I had a lot of fun writing this and I shall play with epics again somewhere down the road. Thanks for reading my first attempt at it. I must go. I have news that a favorite of mine has just published. I will see you there, I suspect.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

BTW - I posted that comment long before it showed up here. I finally just stopped waiting for it to post, turned off the computer and went to bed. But at 3AM it still hadn't shown up.

I'll look forward to your continuing in the 'epic' style! You're so GOOD at it!!

Wonder how long it'll take for this to show up! It's 11AM Central time right now.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

You have a way with words. Nice.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I think butterfly, that you simply manipulate the comment box to create longing in fan land!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

What a lovely thing for an aspiring writing to hear. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Sigh. . . .


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

An epic masterpiece of passion and love... woven in melodic verse

beautiful


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you once again Rahul. Your visits are most appreciated as are your encouraging comments.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Alan - This is different and epic in style and tone. Do you follow the music of Loreena McKennitt by any chance? I like a lot of her songs, but his poem reminds me of one in particular. It is called The Highwaymen and it is on the CD, The Book of Secrets. It is a tragic story and there are lovers and there is bloodshed.

Perhaps you can locate, beg, borrow or steal a copy of the CD. I don't know your musical tastes, but her music is very interesting. Some of her music sounds Gaelic, Celtic, and various other European influenced sounds.

More later, I am cutting bushes back and pulling down vines and bagging up enormous quantities of leaves. My front yard is in disarray (I seem to focus on the front or back in different years for some reason - can never quite do all that needs to be done.

I am sure my neighbors wish I would devote all my attention to the front yard lol ). But I am minimizing time on HP for the sake of yard work because in a week I start teaching again. I will respond to your other lengthy comment as soon as possible. Hope your Memorial Day weekend has been a good one. Theresa


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I remember the highwayman from high school -alfred noyes. I'm sure it played a part in my sub conscious. I left the hub link for the msn article on my hub-shall America lose its soul to gain the world.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Alan - I think perhaps her song is based upon the Alfred Noyes version. A couple of hours ago I tried (twice!) to send you YouTube links to five of her songs, including the Highwayman. Both times when I clicked on Post Comment the entire message disappeared. Guess HP won't allow that or I am not doing it correctly.

Anyway, these videos, should you care to look for them, are of a live performance, big concert hall, many musicians accompanying her - they are the best quality in terms of sound. I would start with The Highwayman, Caravanserai, Dante's Prayer, The Bonny Swan, The Mummer's Dance.

Thank you for mentioning the link to the msn article. I was confused when you mentioned it last time. I will retrieve it this afternoon and thank you. Theresa


PWalker281 4 years ago

Thanks to phdast7 for sharing this incredibly powerful poem with her followers! I was mesmerized as I read it!

Btw, phdast, I have that McKennitt CD. I bought it after hearing and being entranced by The Mummer's Dance. And yes, this poem reminds of The Highwayman, too.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful!!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

PW, thank for weighing in. Now I know I am not crazy for thinking of that song. I like almost everything she has done. An amazing musician and vocalist. :)

BTW, arb writes incredibly thoughtful and perceptive essays, a wide variety of excellent poetry, and occasionally one of his hubs is very, very funny. You will want to return and read more. :)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Isn't trying to learn stuff by yourself just a kick in the butt? I will look for them.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

thank you PWalker! I appreciate the read and your gracious vote.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

As always Theresa thanks for sharing my work and for suggesting my works to anyone! (:


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Arb , All I can say is Wow ! this is truely art my friend and you the painters brush!+++++Ed.......I gotta come back and read this one again !


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arb 3 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you Ed. It is good to see you. Thank you for such a gracious comment.

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