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Dead Ballads

Dead Ballads

Written on the pages of time 
read tarnished couplets and 
quatrains 
which corroded pauses are 
leprechauns sat on pots and 
pans 
which melt before and after the 
rain. Yet the lyrics exist, they 
are just a phantom, a semblance- 
in a ghoulish apparition, 
they are moved but recurs, the 
leaves too timid to roll unless 
a wind stronger than impulse 
blows.
Unsung ballad, let us unearth 
the remains that are forgotten, 
for they are glorious scrap 
books 
and their fragments are laurels.
Majestic their wreath indeed 
when newborns brawl, when  
recollecting is for excerpts and 
extracts a lair, and forgetting 
the cannibal that's 
habitual. 
Lair is the Harpy and 
contemporary is the claw for 
her to devour the rhytmic
flesh, the tamed, the essence 
and purpose of romance: the 
praises given by the young to 
the Winged Creature. The nest 
they made they shall roost, its 
straw decks undeck and the 
nestling 
forsaken until the abode fell: 
the lair below and the Wicked 
above.

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