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The Eclectic Pen - Two Letters from Long Ago

By: Gale B. (tangolady)   + 5 more  
Date Submitted: 7/3/2008
Last Updated: 7/3/2008
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 238


I'll build you a castle,
a castle broad and tall
with battlements brave above you
and a tree-high circling wall.

Milady, I'll fly you banners,
banners of blue and gold,
a-float on rippling breezes
with heraldry vaunting and bold.

Then I'll build you a hall so handsome
with many a fair young knight,
and you'll sit on a dais above them,
a flame in the candle light.

I'll summon the bravest of men
to a tournament fair I'll hold,
and all of the knights will battle
more for your smile than gold.

Send your answer by horseman
or by a falcon flying high;
send it by the morrow
or I shall surely die.

Cruel lady,
You don't want my castle
nor my towers of solid stone;
you turn aside from my handsome hall
and send off my knights alone.

And now three gifts i'll give you,
lissome lady of flaxen tresses,
while you sleep on your satin pillow
in your room strewn with silken dresses:
the first my forsaken hope;
next, a strand of my auburn hair,
the third, a length of hempen rope,
hanging high in the chapel stair,
cut from my body twisting
in view of the chapel where
I once hoped to wed you, lady,
pretty lady once deemed so fair.

Send me no answer, milady, burn all my letters of love;
bury with me my only token, Milady's white velvet glove.

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Angela D. (jaylou) - 7/6/2008 7:45 PM ET
WOW. This is great!
Houa L. (houa) - 7/7/2008 1:43 PM ET
wow that was awesome!
Stacy B. (stori) - 7/7/2008 10:01 PM ET
This was a good poem. Keep writing to bring out the best. Check out my story to see what you think. PLEASE COMMENT. it is called my daughter and the kidnapped. again =) liked this ALOT pm me sometime maybe we can be friends
Sabriena W. (hazeleyesrangeleyes) - 8/15/2008 9:19 PM ET
Nice rythm, and a lot of feelings that I'm sure many people have. The ending was kind of sad, but it just seemed like that's what had to be. I love that you set it in those medieval days, it gives so much more range for awesome phrasing, and "current" things such as the nights, the castles, and the tournaments. Good job!
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