Songs And Ballads

Ballad Of The Thieving Horseman

 
He's now on a flight to the moon,
upon a thieving horse-man’s back
youthful eyes closed tight.

Through the mist the horseman came,
his dark horse trampling the horizon
and into the night to snatch his soul.

I heard the banshee wail, crying
gathering birds of the mourning song.
The Barn Owl sat in a melancholy stare.

Your candle shall no longer flicker,
your hide and seek amongst the meadows
a memory whispered in the wind.

The morning sun shall gather rays,
drying the stains of the night's tears
and dream I'll drift to you my child.

Soon I'll come to you my love
upon the thieving horse-man’s back,
amongst the stars our hearts will dwell.

Lament to the spirit of the moon,
he's now on a flight to the moon,
youthful eyes closed tight.

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russiangypsygirl 6 years ago

Are these your drawings as well? Beautiful poem.


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

ah russiangypsygirl I wish they were my drawings, they are from old books, the owl image blows me away, love the whole mythology of the ghost/death owl. Thank you for comment.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Your poetry is amazing. this one is like a bit Edgar Allen Poe-ish. I love it its classic poetry.


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

And I'm a huge Poe fan to, thank you jannyc. I'm studying Spanish and Irish ballad form personally for myself at the moment and this is an exercise I did for writing.com. It's also an elegy I gave to my mate who lost his child, so, glad you enjoyed it.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Intensely evocative - love the artwork, too!


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Thank you RedElf and I wish I had the talent to paint these pictures.


sophs 6 years ago

Love this poem, and brilliant pictures. I find myself reading your poems in an 'Irish accent' (lol) :-)


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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland. Author

Haha Is it a real Tiddly ay accent lol thanks sophs.

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