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Beyond Midnight

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Beyond Midnight

   Originally for Andrea’s One in Three contest but checked the rules before posting and found I’d written over 16 lines DOH!!! I’ll keep the title and thank you Andrea for the inspiration.            

            Beyond Midnight

Long before midnight, she was due in
Mama said, not to be late
There she was with her arms around him
Down by our old front gate

The frost was hard, as was the news
He whispered in her ear
She heard and yet, had to refuse
The cold words she did fear

The moon was high with halo haze
The stars all watching eyes
Looking down on their liaise
Mournful of her cries

Still her arms held tight around
Unwilling to release
Firmly there she held him bound
Despite his freedom pleas

Descending low with icy claws
The frost began to bite
Mama’s words she now ignores
Be in before midnight

The witching hour will soon be here
Her chance to captivate
Renew his love and keep him near
It may not be to late

Once more her tiny voice a plead
Be mine forever more
But nothing reached beyond his need
His pardon did implore

In earthly silence there they stood
The time it would not stay
The hearts that once had beat their blood
Were fading fast to clay

As the morn arose through mists
There covered by the hoar
Embracing in their final kiss
For love, that would not thaw.








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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 4:18:00 PM
    by the way, Star Wars Rules. he he he! I got stuck with the star trek. all due to a stupid coin toss. hugs

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/13/2013 6:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Come now B'lana, you know you'reloving it lol
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 4:14:00 PM
    you see my sister and I chose bots cuz robots are cool. Lolz but you are right. I will change my avatar and break pd's heart just for you...... he he he he! kidding. She won't mind. she's curious on whom I will choose. Are you A Trek fan. I hope to see one from you. if not it's cool. thanxs for being curious. Skat

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/13/2013 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm thinking about it
  1. Date: 8/4/2013 12:49:00 AM
    this is very eerie, my friend!! Love that final stanza!! I'm glad I guessed correctly that this was the one not for my contest.when I saw it below another one with one of my contest titles and decided to take a chance and see it. So gosh, how did this couple end up frozen right in front of a gate? A very original and hauntingly beautiful poem, Richard!!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/5/2013 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You mean woman's curiosity got the better of you Petal lol, I know you know haha, Thanks for the inspiration again.
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 3:48:00 PM
    By the sweet by... lovely poem. It's just after midnight here. Am I too late?

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Gerald, It depends where you are and what your intentions are, if it's to save this hapless couple then I fear you're too late. I thank you for your concern and this very sweet comment. Will look you up.
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 3:01:00 PM
    Auntie forgives you for being silent so long when you come up with such an amazing piece of absolute beauty.....

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 5:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    HAH, Silent for so long, it's been less than 24 hrs and you manage to make it sound like it's forever lol. Anyway Richard accepts Aunties forgiveness and thanks you for this wonderful comment :)
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 2:33:00 PM
    I very much enjoyed reading this poem on this lonley afternoon. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 4:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I hope this brightened your afternoon Lucy along with all the other writes you've read, Let me know how you're doing, are you back driving yet?
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 2:27:00 PM
    What a tender write, my friend. Wow to your creativity. You've got the gift of the rhyme. Rhyme on, bruv. By the by, I owe you a pretty thank you. Muuuchly appreciated, Richard. Licia :-)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 4:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sis, One tries ones best haha, Rhymne on, yes, sounds like a title me. Always appreciate your comments Licia :)
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 7:22:00 AM
    Forgot to give you a well deserved 7

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 2:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I do this sometimes, then I can't remember whether I did or not so go back an give another anyway lol
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 7:21:00 AM
    Now this is nothing short of amazing, straight to my favorites, dam your good!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 2:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for this comment Rick, and for all the encouragement you have given over my time here. Is always an immense honour to receive a comment like this.
  1. Date: 8/1/2013 10:19:00 PM
    hello Richard, epic imagery, a contradiction brought on by the night. Love it! :-) sad to see such imagery and love fade away.... always a fan... xox-Linda

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/2/2013 2:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello my Sweet Dark Friend, Life is full of contradictions but we are always learning from them. Hope you're keeping well. Thank you for your visit and comment, time you had a new one up, I keep looking.