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La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

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La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

The sweet neck of her life came adorned with dazzling jewels of the ages;
jewels imbued with holy virtues, long before she was born.
She rose, alone, Venus veiled above a sparkling sea,
her love light flashing wherever she gazed.

As she spun her cosmic spiral, a tiger, hungry with anger and bitterness,
tore at the veil, hoping to claim victory—fire and passion.
Each time she dipped her head, trying to free herself from the ships of ancient
torments that lay anchored at her throat, the tiger roared for more,
devouring jewel upon jewel—fire upon fire, passion upon passion.

She lay, alone, her carotid adornment shortened by the tiger’s every move,
her virtues struck down until she was left grasping at a choker
‘round her throat, her life soon to end.

Then, in the billowing clouds of her torment, she saw Diana rising from the sea.
She stood on an iridescent ivory shell, her arrow poised to strike.
The tiger raged, but could not pierce the clouds.
A red fury filled with fire and passion shot from its hell-born eyes;
its massive jaws spewed hot saliva that set the sea on fire.

The sea itself cried out, “Golden Diana, make your arrow swift and sure;
the world in Venus is quickly fading.
Strike now, the tiger, and restore all aright!”

Even while the prayer was being uttered,
Diana’s aim proved its power as the arrow found the tiger’s heart.

In a flash, Venus was restored,
her long strand of jewels aglow,
the tiger at her side.
Together they stood in a deep, iridescent ivory shell
and made their way out to sea
with a wind that was sure and true.

All was set aright.  All was free
as they sailed into the rising moon,
her Venus jewels lighting the way.



Written in contemplation of Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a
Pomegranate, One Second before Awakening, by Salvador Dali. (1944)

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  1. Date: 6/17/2009 3:44:00 PM
    You should be very proud of this. It reads like something from an old master. I have always admired Dali, whom I consider a man of real genius, as opposed to Picaso and Pollack, who are specious fads and personal frauds. Well done. Thank you for your kind remarks on my contest entry. I appreciate it, especially given your level of talent. Regards, Gk

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 1:08:00 PM
    Orma,..ty for bringing excitement to my day with this for true,..poetry ! Congratulations on making the winners list with this,..many more to ya ! james

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 11:51:00 AM
    Congratulations Orma on your win.Best wishes,Fide

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 4:21:00 PM
    Congratulations Orma on your narrative making the winnersa list. Vince

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 7:34:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Orma. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:05:00 AM
    YAY Orma! Warmest congrats on your extremely excellent win and well deserved win! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:45:00 AM
    C ongratulations on this featured poem and more power. God bless. Ernlando

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 10:32:00 PM
    Great story here, Orma ... just brillant and a well-deserved selection to be a winner in the latest Soup contest. Congratulations !!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 3:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your honorable mention in the contest. Enjoy your honor. I wish you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 9:34:00 AM
    My warmest congratulations to you dear on your awesome placement… you are such a wonderful writer… please let your poetry pen keep dancing to the drum beat of your passions and poetrysoup-land. You are great. leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 7:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being placed > James

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 5:38:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Orma!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 1:17:00 AM
    Orma, my congratulations to you on your success placing in PS contest, bravo! Ernesto

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:27:00 PM
    Orma - congratulations on placing in the soup's contest- - God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 6:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it into the semi finals Orma. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 11:13:00 PM
    Orma, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 5:48:00 PM
    Hi Orma! Thanks for the congrats and right back at ya! This my dear, is a masterpiece in every way! So great to read it again. Good luck - and so great hearing from you! Hugs, Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 2/20/2009 4:18:00 PM
    Beautiful and brillant write here, Orma and a very well-deserved selection to be a feature here at the Soup this week! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 2/18/2009 5:23:00 AM
    Congrats dear Orma on your beautiful featured write. Off the site for a while due to personal reasons but had to stop by to congratulate you. Hope all is well. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 2/17/2009 1:26:00 PM
    Congratulations Orma on being featured this week on Poetry Soup. You've put the picture into words. God Bless. Vince

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