The Storyteller (poem)

A storyteller came to town

So strangely familiar was he

Yet no one could fathom just why


It wasn’t long before he was asked

To unfold imagination

Which they felt waited somewhere there

On canvases he had to bear


Although he pleaded just a drink

To refresh the way he traveled

They pressed him for one tale to free


So sitting began to relay

He told of stars amid dreams

And of lovers lost for a time

Of children who forgot their way


One tale so unique to each ear

Yet similar to common heart

A pathway which led to their soul


In tears they begged him end this tale

They sensed its bitter conclusion

So clear was a never before

A once put away became clear


But the tale they began would not stop

They soon found there was no escape

Their silence was struck by their fear


But all tales must come to a close

As storyteller sadly rose

And drank refreshment he had sought

Alone inside this lifeless town

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Awesome, storytellers are awesome and your poem is such a story. I just love it (hey they ought to make that a button) Tell me true is it you?

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Superb, Mh! You are a great storyteller through your awesome poetry.

Loved the video and music.

Up and more and sharing

God bless you,

Faith Reaper

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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Glad I woke up early this morning. Another interesting and awesome poem.

Loved it.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Kinda spooky. This deserves several reads.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great writing here and well thought of in your great words.

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

You are the storyteller and such a talented one at that.

Best Wishes for a wonderful weekend,


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

This poem reminds me of my childhood, when we gathered in the evening to listen to the tales of our hostel warden.

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Oh, this is great.

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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Nicely done and well received my friend. whonu

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

I liked this so much I read it several times. Nicely done and intriguing.

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DJ Anderson 3 years ago

An amazing read, Martin.

I would not have missed this one, for the world.

An element of the supernatural, but oh, so eloquently woven into

a tapestry of silken words.

Evil can be such a sly seducer. But, in the end, all debts must be paid.

The soul collector came calling.

Absolutely a winning work!

One of your best, Martin.


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vkwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

Loved the story in the poem. Voted up awesome!

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Interesting poem. With so much media these days, the old days of the story teller often seem to be disappearing. Did you hear the one about Mother Bear? She said, "I have a tale to tell." They were sitting on the ice and Baby Bear replied, "My tail is told!'

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Always love your storytelling Martin.

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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

Eerie, but good. We need to be careful of what we ask because we may get it.

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Wonderful as always Martin.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This is what realism is all about, when our minds carry us elsewhere. But who is really sane or insane at times like these?

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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia

Gave me the chills, I love the imagery and flow of this one, so nicely done

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teaches12345 3 years ago

What a great story! Always done with such style!

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