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The lovely Lady Isabeau and her lover, medieval French Knight Etienne escape to flee the lustful advances of wicked Bishop of Aquila causing them to run afoul of him. The evil-bishop places them under a curse preventing the lovers being together in their mortal form except in the fleeting moments of twilight and again at dawn. At dusk, she transforms from hawk back to woman but alas he changes into a wolf. At first light of dawn she transmutes back to hawk as he reverts to his mortal knightly form. Through the daylight hours, she sadly rides untethered on his arm In - The Sound - Of Silence.
                 Yesterday’s love with evocative thoughts 
                 She watches for change in horizons light
                 Her coal black eyes and hawk like stare
                 Peers anxiously for her loved ones sight

                 Her clarion call as he comes in view
                 In mortal form he does appear
                 Her amplified thoughts for avian release
                 To grasp what little time - for fear
                 The darkness that will steal from them
                 Time so precious they hold so dear

                                                         'So vague I know her yet so well
                                                         The sight of her makes my heart sing
                                                         I wish to hold her I wish to tell
                                                         Her all the love that I will bring'

                A fleeting state of obscurity
                Is twilight time between Sun and Moon
                A cursory moment for Loves Embrace
                As darkening sky arrives too soon

                She must flee her lover’s jaws
                As mortal state is cast aside
                And primal instinct takes predatory form
                To darkened woods she runs to hide

                                                         'I growl, I run, I chase her, need
                                                         To catch her, capture, not let go 
                                                         My teeth, my claws, I need to feed
                                                         But who am I, what changed me so'

                In dawn’s first rays comes transformation
                Mortal to Hawk she must keep this alliance
                Then swoop to her loves outstretched arm
                To travel by day in the Sound of Silence

                 And thus they live a Jealous one’s Curse
                 Denied the love that was once so pure
                 Bestowed by a man from Hells own gates
                 In vain her love he tried to procure

                                                      'Je suis Etienne - I am Etienne
                                                      Remember me here - in this cage
                                                      Don’t hurt her or kill her, I’m a man
                                                      A wolf I hurt, inside I rage'

                   So Evil does what Evil wilt
                   Her love for this bishop will never be
                   He portrays a picture of what he’s not
                   From his evil curse they must break free          

'Etienne mon amour - I know thee well 
In my malaise, I fall, I cry
Je t'aime for a moment more
With broken heart - I change - I fly'

                    Unwavering credence in good endures
                    Shackled even in their depths of sorrow
                    Questing release from their dastardly doom
                    Yearning the twilight hour - tomorrow

                                                         'Isabeau mon amour, we will survive
                                                         This evil curse will not prevail
                                                         On wings of love we’ll soar so high 
                                                         Je t'aime we won they failed'

To my good friend Darren White for collaborating with me on this melancholy story. 
My deepest appreciation to the master of languages for adding a romantic French touch.

Critical on transformation to mortal, unprotected and naked she speeds away on Etienne’s horse to escape the slashing jaws of the wolf.  A cowardly plot undoubtedly designed by the evil bishop to meet her end, in her avian form or as a mortal, at the predatory jaws of her star crossed lover.

A solution to their quandary may manifest in the person of an escaped thief who serendipitously befriends Etienne - But that’s another story…

Lady Isabeau’s voice can be envisaged in the plaintive, haunting strains of the lead Violin. The resonant tone of the Wolf, Etienne, can almost be heard in the rich sonorous timber of the bass Cello - brought to us by - THE MUSES rendition of - Sound of Silence 

Copyright © Maria Williams & Darren White | 19 June 2017

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 7/29/2017 6:07:00 AM
You really are a master poet! A gorgeous and moving piece, so wonderfully constructed. I like the touches of French. Love your recounting of the story of Etienne and Lady Isabeau (Lady Hawke). Kudos to Darren White as well!
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Date: 7/29/2017 7:32:00 AM
Thank you so much Thomas. I so appreciate your lovely comment and visit, so glad that you liked this one, I will certainly pass on the Kudos to Darren...Maria
Date: 7/1/2017 8:26:00 AM
Splendid collaboration Maria and Darren...
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Date: 7/17/2017 2:40:00 AM
Thank you so much Joseph. So glad that you liked this, thanks for the visit and comment...Maria
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Date: 7/2/2017 10:51:00 PM
A belated thank you on behalf of Darren and myself, we are so glad you liked it...Maria
Date: 6/23/2017 5:12:00 PM
Thank you Maria, u hajr lil Darren for this excellent collaboration. This sad story is captivating, and so is the instrumental Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel's original song played a big part in my teenage years!) As usual, your notes go a long way in aiding the reader to get the most out of your poetic offering. ~ Well done! Regards // paul
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Date: 6/24/2017 8:34:00 AM
Thank you Paul on behalf of Darren and myself. I intuited that you would like the story and more so the Sound of Silence. So glad you enjoyed the arrangement and we are even more appreciative of your comments...Maria
Date: 6/22/2017 8:00:00 PM
This rates as a golden treasure! Two immensely talented poets that joined together to create such a jewel. Bravo my friends, you have excelled to a level I inspire to reach one day. A fav... I LOVE THE MUSIC TOO....
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Date: 6/22/2017 10:05:00 PM
OM-goodness Rob thank you on behalf of Darren and me for your compliment. I just knew you would love the music too. But let me say you are already at a level that if you reached any further would be 'lethal'... Most appreciated my friend...Maria
Date: 6/22/2017 12:38:00 PM
WOW!! Masterpiece from talented poets indeed :) fabulous job you two... hugs :)
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Date: 6/22/2017 10:04:00 PM
Thanks so much Akkina, from Darren and myself for not only visiting but also for your high acclaim. Very flattered ...hugs Maria :)
Date: 6/21/2017 6:12:00 AM
Good Morning Maria and Good Afternoon Darren. I have nothing to say other than this is extraordinary and top level. You both deliver heart soul not to mention the ever important emotive factor. All elements are attached. Please allow me to let your entry by the both of you stand. Once again I see the total package to your readers. Funny how an quiet gentle sound changes everything. May she and all shes flee from jaws and evil. Well done entirely and completely. -- m a r v e l o u s --
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Date: 6/22/2017 12:10:00 AM
Good morning yourself dear Lisa. Thank you for gracing us with your visit and wonderful reviews, as usual they are greatly appreciated my friend. A big thank you from Darren and me...Maria
Date: 6/20/2017 2:01:00 PM
- A wonderful co-write from you Maria and Darren - A piece of the best recipe ... with French glaze that makes it perfect - Really well done !!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 6/21/2017 1:20:00 AM
Thanks Anne-Lise, from both of us, so glad that you enjoyed it. Always happy to see you visit, and thanks for your lovely comment...Maria xx
Date: 6/19/2017 9:09:00 PM
Wow! I was totally engrossed in this sad poem/story. Just wonderful, you guys! And the music...fantastique'. I love the strings.
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Date: 6/20/2017 3:00:00 AM
Thanks so much Carole,on behalf of Darren and I . I really appreciate the time you've taken to visit and comment. See you on your page...Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 6:47:00 PM
A powerful gripping poem composed with words of beauty and elegance, Maria this was an excellent idea to collaborate with this talented young man who has captured the minds and hearts of many, and may we see many more brilliant collaborations such as this...congratulations Maria and Darren 7++
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Date: 6/19/2017 12:58:00 PM
Felicitation mes amies for writing such a magnificent and captivating story! Your collaboration deserves every attention and praise to both of you! Brilliant!
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Date: 6/20/2017 3:05:00 AM
Ahh, another Master of languages. Demetrios dear friend thanks so much for your wonderful visit. On behalf of Darren and me thank you, so glad that you liked the entertainment...Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 10:16:00 AM
Very nice Maria. Darren is one of my favorite is great seeing you two put your minds together.
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Date: 6/20/2017 3:09:00 AM
Isn't he a brilliant young man, and such an inspiration to all of us. It was an honor to work with him on this dramatic piece. I knew Darren was the right man for this. Thanks Tim for the visit and comment...Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 8:20:00 AM
Only through actually experiencing shapeshifting could this splendid collaboration have been written with such passionate intensity. Beautifully conceived poetry by two artistically gifted poets...perfect soundtrack as well....g
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Date: 6/19/2017 8:29:00 AM
On behalf of Darren and I, thank you for your expressive comments George. I'm sure Darren is thrilled. Shape shifting... Hmmm... must try that sometime - but without the bishop's curse - might be fun. Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 8:15:00 AM
Such an enchanting and mesmerizing piece from two of my favorite poets. This poem has an epic feel to it, there is darkness and deep caverns of thought though beauty is also a part of the process. It is amazing how well the two of you blend seamlessly together, as if the poem was written wit the same pen. Bravo Maria and Darren.
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Date: 6/19/2017 8:24:00 AM
Thanks so much to the Love Poet on behalf of Darren and me. I've been waiting patiently for your comment and I bet so was Darren. Hope you liked the Muses rendition of the Sound of Silence - it seemed to blend perfectly with the theme of the Poem. Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 7:20:00 AM
Wow, The sound of silence has always been a favorite of mine too and what a beautiful version of it! Then this outstanding poem you two have put together is just amazing. Thank you for sharing this. Congratulations on this great collaboration. :)
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Date: 6/19/2017 7:50:00 AM
Thanks so much Heidi for Darren and me - I thought you would like it after reading your works. Much appreciated...Maria:)
Date: 6/19/2017 6:50:00 AM
Wowza!!! This is outstanding! The effort both poets have put into this has paid off in dividends! What a wonderful piece of poetry produced here! This is going into the Crane Bag for sure! Congrats to both of you!
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Date: 6/19/2017 6:58:00 AM
Oh thank you so much WW, I thought this might appeal to you Lol. On behalf of Darren and me I say a Big Thank You, both for the visit and lovely comments, and oh yes for putting it into the Crane Bag. Much appreciated my friend...Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 6:31:00 AM
wowow Maria, that worked out so beautifully, didn't it? I love it, and I loved working with you on this poem :) And that music is hauntingly beautiful, isn't it? HUGS and love <3
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Darren White
Date: 6/19/2017 7:43:00 AM
Pfft ;) Yeah, I just opened a new tissue box.
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Maria Williams
Date: 6/19/2017 7:33:00 AM
Regarding your remark above - you've got competition for Rutger Hauer - BTW - is you tissue box still full - thanks Darren for your support and collaboration again...Maria xxx
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Date: 6/19/2017 6:40:00 AM
Darren my dear friend, wasn't that fun? Thank you so much for adding the dramatics, French touch was brilliant, and the excitement. Wow, that was great. Look forward to working together again. Thanks