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La Belle Dame Sans Merci: A poem

Updated on June 19, 2013

Recently, I've been reading Edgar Allen Poe hence my inspiration for these themes of the dark and deathly. Hope you find it interesting!

Rightly said

Eyes are windows to one’s soul

The picture whispered

Unintelligible fancies, both animating and foul

Yet, I could not take my eyes of her

Ensnaring me by her cherry red lips

Those eyes ablaze sapphire

Against that pale countenance, sorrow writ

Tresses black as a raven

But it was those eyes I couldn’t escape

Look where I may

They poisoned with their beauty, I stared agape

Craftily sculpted were they, irresistibly appealing

Seemed to scan and question my very existence

Laced with velvet curtains of lashes, stealing

A sidelong beckoning glance at me, lulling both caution and sense

The candle burnt low

And shadows cast on the lovely maiden

Did thou smile, my love?

Or is my fancy gone loose, sleep laden

I grow drowsy with the darkening shadows

Perfumed by thy wonder and beguiling exquisiteness

Come to me, dear lady, and embrace

Why dost thou look so afraid and nervous?

Why thy unease, darling, tell me, do

I shall vanquish

Escape to me, my princess

So I may serve thy every wish

And sleep closed warm over me

With fitful pleasure, descending

Here, my love, I shall join thee

Material bounds, transcending

Now, what hast happened?

Why this agony, why this shame?

As thou stand over me

Upon my grave, an epitaph bears my name

And now you smile your prettiest

Your cheek blooms rouge, you smirk at me

Bewitching than ever

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      She so reminds me of the lady that "The Hollies" sang about in the song "Long Cool Woman (In The Black Dress)....that long, cool woman had it all. Good write! WB

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Wayne Brown! So glad you liked it! Good day! :)

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Another beautiful poem Sharon, I located this one just a few minutes ago on facebook, yes indeed your passion for writing is awesome indeed.

      I think you might just be from a different time period, as if you lived long ago, back in the ancient times, or maybe during the mid-evil time period.

      Wow! voted up and getting shared.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, the beguiling smile will drive you to your grave...

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      LOL cloudexplorer... that is creepy... I hope to God not... my fascination with the gothic was very recently attained by reading Poe... otherwise I am a hopeless romantic who melts at happy endings... thank you so much though... that was really sweet of you!

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      yes, you understand the lurking horror in a seemingly lifeless object such as a simple portrait, aviannovice! Thank you for commenting...

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Sharon - love your style. You can take me back to any time. Another fine creation. Thanks for sharing.

      (spooooky)!!! LOL

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Dear Sharon,

      How beautiful and engaging......I really loved your poem, thank you!!

      Take care,

      Helen

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I agree with Wayne - Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress for sure. Very Gothic. Great poem. Passing it on.

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      myownlife 4 years ago from london

      Beautifully descriptive poem,well composed.

      Cheers

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Thank you shiningirisheyes! Glad you enjoyed! :)

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      thank you helen... bless you and take care! :)

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Wow... I am honoured my dear Gypsy Rose Lee, you are one of my favourite writers and it's nice to know you liked it, and thank you so much for the share!

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Thank you myownlife cheers! :)

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      David Walston 4 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

      ~` We can not all hear the ravenous song bird sing~`

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      hello awful poet, so glad to see you after such a long time! I hope you are well! Good day to you! :)

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Another wonderful poem Sharon, creepy but still beautiful. I absolutely loved it. Thank you Sharon :)

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Thank you my dear JKenny! :)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Sharon

      "Laced with velvet curtains of lashes, stealing"

      Love the imagery.

      Voted up and away

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Sueswan! :) Good day to you!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Sharon, I love Poe. Your poem based on his dark themes is so very well done. I enjoyed your work.

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      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Cyndi10

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