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A cry in the darkness
A howl of despite
A wolf’s lone starkness
In the pale moon’s light
Piercing the black
With an ancient might
Like a thundercrack
In the lap of the night
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So wherever you are, I hope you’re happy,
I really do.
I hope the stars are kissing your cheeks tonight.
I hope you finally found a way to quit smoking.
I hope your lungs are open and breathing your life.
I hope there’s a kite in your hand
that’s flying all the way up to Orion
and you still got a thousand yards of string to let out.
I hope you’re smiling
like god is pulling at the corners of your mouth.
‘Cause I might be naked and lonely,
shaking branches for bones,
but I’m still time zones away
from who I was the day before we met.
You were the first mile
where my heart broke a sweat.
And I wish you were here
I wish you’d never left.
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I built a fortress formed of words:
Four walls reached endless up and down.
Hell yawned at its base and heaven formed its crown…
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By Christopher Courtley
Old Father Time will tell this tale again
And yet again in his senility:
Brave knights and princes ever rise and fall.
But in my dreams the story changes when
I hold you in my arms triumphantly
Beyond the high enchanted briar-wall
That spells eternal winter on your lair
With claws that catch your champions and rend
Your would-be conquerors, and hold them fast,
Like bone-white twigs entangled in your hair.
Against such charms, what armour can defend?
I strip myself, and naked of the past
Advance upon your bower without fear
For I am one with every fool who keeps
His faith in dreams, whose passing no one mourns
Because he walks alone, year after year
Into the wild wood where Beauty sleeps,
To die a hundred times upon her thorns.
Copyright 2011 by Christopher Courtley. All Rights Reserved.
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Me reading aloud my poem “Troll Stew” from my Kindle book TROLL STEW: A STRANGE BREW OF DARK FAIRY TALES & POEMS FOR ADULTS
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