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The Storyteller (poem)

Updated on September 27, 2013

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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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a great story! Always done with such style!

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

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

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      Deb Hirt 4 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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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful as always Martin.


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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 4 years ago

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

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Always love your storytelling Martin.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 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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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Loved the story in the poem. Voted up awesome!

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      DJ Anderson 4 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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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nicely done and well received my friend. whonu

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Oh, this is great.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 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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      ocfireflies 4 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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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Kinda spooky. This deserves several reads.

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      Michele Travis 4 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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      Faith Reaper 4 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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      Eric Dierker 4 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?