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The Stone

The Tale below was carved one night,
Upon the Stone, by candlelight
...most won’t believe, but some just might
.........most won’t believe, but some just might

.                         Preface

Well James made Beth his lovely bride
(And angels smiled, though teary eyed)
...their bodies bound, their spirits tied
.........their bodies bound, their spirits tied

Upon her hand, a shimmer shone,
As bright as blood, a ruby Stone 
...and brighter still, as love had grown
.........and brighter still, as love had grown

Soon James was sent to man a sail
So Beth removed her wedding veil
...her eyes were bright, her face was pale
.........her eyes were bright, her face was pale

“Well, I’ll be here when you return”
Said Beth to James, who kissed in turn
...a kiss that made her body burn
.........a kiss that made her body burn

.                         BETH’S TALE

1.              The Dream
One night, within a dream deformed,
The cawing of a Crow informed
“...a Ship was stripped where winter stormed
.........a Ship was stripped where winter stormed

Midst winds and waves the thunder boomed
The Ship of Death was surely doomed
...the sea engulfed, the sea entombed
.........the sea engulfed, the sea entombed

Your James... denied by Davy Jones!
His spirit gone, his flesh and bones
...are resting now amongst the Stones
.........are resting now amongst the Stones”

2.               The Quest

Awoken by the ebon Wight
And beckoned by the baneful bight
...I left before the morning light
.........I left before the morning light

Throughout the realm I rode a roan
Until, in time, I reached the Stone
...where shades and dreams in darkness groan 
.........where shades and dreams in darkness groan 

While skipping up and down the sky
A missing moonbeam mocked my eye
...enough to make a Swallow cry
.........enough to make a Swallow cry

For someone stole a star or two
And something else that fate withdrew – jewel of joy, my James Bijou jewel of joy, my James Bijou

The shadows of the evening swelled
Where demons of the dusk had dwelled
...and in the far, a vesper knelled
.........and in the far, a vesper knelled

The Stone, beneath the sky, stood cold –
Between the runes, a vapour strolled
...a cloak of fleecy fog consoled
.........a cloak of fleecy fog consoled

A Raven on a branch, enthroned,
Her wings waved once, a wail intoned
...beyond the bay, a banshee moaned
.........beyond the bay, a banshee moaned

I lay beside the Stone, his bride
I lay beside the Stone and cried
...but were it I, instead, that died
.........but were it I, instead, that died

The rainbow of the moon fell dim
A midnight Swan soon ceased to swim if to hide all hint of him if to hide all hint of him

Between the willows in the swale
There sang a Bird, a Nightingale
...which left me faint and feeling frail
.........which left me faint and feeling frail

3.              Contact

I felt him breathe within a breeze
Responding to my anguished pleas
...and leaves blew by abandoned trees
.........and leaves blew by abandoned trees

“I miss you too, my darling Beth”
Re-echoed from the Ship of Death
...the future buried in a breath
.........the future buried in a breath
The Stone lit up a ruby sheen
And clouds were kindled crystalline
...with consequences, unforeseen
.........with consequences, unforeseen

Above, the wretched Raven soared
To where the Ship of Death lay moored
...beneath, the icy ocean roared
.........beneath, the icy ocean roared

4.               Release

I’m joined with James beneath the Stone,
Though to the Ship my spirit’s flown,
...for nevermore to be alone
.........for nevermore to be alone

.                         Epilogue

That night the wayward winds were weird 
The Ship of Death had disappeared
...coyotes called and mortals feared
.........coyotes called and mortals feared

At dusk, the craven shadows crawled
At dawn, the winds of mourning called
...upon the Stone two names were scrawled
.........upon the Stone two names were scrawled

The Raven sits, with wings outspread,
Atop the Stone which shades the dead sometimes shimmers ruby red sometimes shimmers ruby red

.                         Epitaph

Between the sounds, where silence seeps,
Their love lives on and never sleeps
...and yet, the weeping willow weeps
.........and yet, the weeping willow weeps

inspired by ~fc~

Wight (obsolete): a supernatural being, creature
Bight: a bay or gulf
Swale: a moist depression in a tract of land

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  1. Date: 11/28/2013 2:04:00 AM

    you have me in awe. this read like a classic and once again it doesn't matter how long it is, it's worth the read. keep up the great work. your going to be a legend.

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 3:06:00 PM

    This is truly awesome Terry, I'm so jealously you write so well , a little humor ;} I see below I've read it before, you have a great day Terry ;}

  1. Date: 10/9/2013 5:43:00 PM

    a truly magnificent epic poem here...

  1. Date: 8/19/2013 1:22:00 PM

    Superb. Well done, Terry. Blessings to you.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 3:58:00 PM

    Terry, I am revisiting this gem of yours, to help it stay on the 'list', in order to showcase some extra diversity with your unique vision and skill with meter and rhyme....wouldn't want the entire list to eventually highlight the same style of poem over and over again.

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 3:56:00 PM

    A marvellous post Terry..Well done

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 4:10:00 PM

    Awesome Terry ;} " what's better then love" oh, I know ice-cream ;}

  1. Date: 6/17/2013 12:33:00 PM

    Hi Terry wonderful makes me so glad to be back on the soup when I read masterful penmanship like this, thanks for sharing, all the best Poetowen

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 7:38:00 PM

    Hi Terry, glad to come across this awesome poem cast in a classical mould. Sorry to have not read you in a while. Thnx for stopping by!! Jag

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:21:00 PM


  1. Date: 5/30/2013 1:59:00 AM

    You certainly are a master when it comes to the olden style of poetry... this feels centuries old (and I mean that in a good way). One of the few times where I purposely read it at a slower pace so I may enjoy the full extent of it longer... I'm amazed at how much this DIDN'T seem repetitive (when you look at the rhyme scheme you feel like it SHOULD feel repetitive)... but you pulled it off with such skill. Fantastic pen, my friend!

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 5:20:00 AM

    I read this and I thought I posted a response, but I don't see it! This poem is simply astounding...every part of it is captivating. I'm so glad you gave the definitions for simpletons like me! :) To be able to keep the interest all through a ballad of this length is amazing! You are a GREAT poet! :) BTW....great end with the weeping favorite tree.

  1. Date: 4/28/2013 8:50:00 PM

    well, terry, I have to dub thee KING of the ballads. VERY very good work. And so sad!!

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 12:35:00 PM

    This Ballad held me enthralled all the way to the end. You have a gift...

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 7:16:00 AM

    Terry, I hope you entered this masterpiece in the PS contest? It is crafted like a master poet would create and lets your talent shine! Into my favorites. Wow! Wish l could write this well. Outstanding work!

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 1:35:00 PM

    you did a beautiful epic-like artpiece, terry.. so carefully articulated with touches of tragic love in a grand setting... bow!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 5:45:00 AM

    Phew i had to find time to read dis tempting ballad epic n it was soo worth d time. U have a wunnerful fantastic tale to tell here, wow!

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 7:55:00 PM

    Wow!!! Off to my "fave "poem" list. No other comment except to say you're an exceptional poet and this is an exceptional piece. :)

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 1:15:00 AM

    Terry, you are very good at writing these epic poems. You are extremely adept with meter and rhyme(as if you don't already know this). I realize it has already been mentioned in the comments, but the repetition works well....I almost read myself into a trance(in a good way). P.S. -- I replied to your recent comment. Thanks for your question. It easily made me realize that I hadn't properly expressed myself in the footnotes. I didn't add anything profound. You probably know it already anyway :D

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:36:00 AM

    Awesome!!!! I loved reading this poem, actually read it 3 times! Great work!

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 12:37:00 PM

    I sure hope to see some new poems from you soon! Re-reading this one and it is just as amazing the second time around. :)

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 9:54:00 AM

    Hi Terry back again....David

  1. Date: 4/6/2013 3:42:00 PM

    Fabulous !!! Terry! Thank you for visiting me and your kindness. Big hug, Deb

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 10:27:00 AM

    wow, this is just awesome, Terry : )

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 4:28:00 AM

    I love the repetition of last two lines, the tale is brilliant and I am never left empty reading your poems. This stirs shivers of foreboding and needs to be read many times. Wow, just loved it! Lizzie

  1. Date: 3/31/2013 6:51:00 PM

    Terry, thanks for your comment. I try to put myself in the other's place. It was meant to be funny. I do hope for the right outcome, however, I do not believe this movement can be stopped. It has too much history and precedent on its side. Plus the opposition is afraid of the electoral consequences. However, reality tends to be very, very strange. I really do appreciate your comment.

  1. Date: 3/29/2013 6:14:00 AM

    Sombre & melancholy and passionately rendered.

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 8:11:00 PM

    great poetry here boy it...

  1. Date: 3/17/2013 8:15:00 AM

    This reminds me of some classic poetry by Poe. This could be a classic! Thanks for your kind comment.

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 8:48:00 AM

    Truly amazing I am in awe! To my favorites as well.