The True Knight
POTD 9th April 2018
A story of selflessness without jealousy or rancor that is often evident through the ages in all walks of life, even in modern times.
She’s a queen who sees her lover for himself only and does not abide in the narrow minded perception of social status trappings.
Her knight, who is absolutely in love with her, stays true to the knightly code of chivalry and avowed to show gallantry to women beyond rules of combat. Understanding the damaging effect of scandals, he is committed to watch and protect his Lady against prying jealous eyes.
I have differentiated the social status of the time and accentuated emotions with different textured type of fabrics. (See significance at the end of the poem)
I Trust you like the video music clip, in which the scenes aptly portray the theme of my poem.
Spinnerets of silk reach to forbidden fruit
Nights hush vanquished by a heart that beats
Variance in status brocade curtains drawn
Regardless of imperilled shame - doubt retreats
Once ‘neath the light of a calico moon
His heart lay in wait to be retrieved
Beside the old pump in crumbling stone
A pauper in cotton - a Prince she perceived
A gasp suppressed when eyes first met
In delirium of what elation lay ahead
What magic brewed here?
What loom spun this hessian thread?
Of a love-tale wrought with joy and dread
A unity not forged in Heaven
A scanty few - or none - would understand
Venetian lace betwixt a gracious Queen
And her yearning for a humble stable hand
Opening damask casement as he approaches
Anticipation of nights in secret seclusion
Let no prying eyes spoil this tryst
Lest reality fade into a muslin illusion
Let her yearning for velvet touches
Impassioned embrace and moist sweet lips
Loomed in the linen threads of romance
And that of her stable lover’s lingering kiss
Let him turn to forbidden zones
To be explored as he eagerly hones
A forge of love bidding invitation
In expectant and musical syncopation
Dutifully her swordsman keeps vigil from afar
His love for her gleams like the evening star
Seasons endured in fur and chain-mail sheen
Blood he would draw to protect his queen
A skilful sword at ready in an expectant hand
Sadly his love she would not understand
Coated sheathed loyalty is all she sees
Part of a lovers tryst - no favours - his heart to ease
An armour clad Knight forged of steel and leather
Surviving the odds his love endures forever
Significance of the various fabrics symbolized in the poem:
I’ve used this to show her royalty status. Luxurious and costly, silk was used only by the wealthiest of classes and the Church
This fabric to emphasise her indifference to the social status of their relationship, by blocking out animosity from the primitive thoughts of envious society.
Colour of the moon on the night she first laid eyes on him
Cotton - Favored on days of yore by the working class and domestic staff since antiquity.
Hemp and Hessian
Emphasizing the strength of their relationship, against all odds and accentuates the relationship between the working class and royalty of the middle ages
Again a luxury favoured by the aristocrats. The flexible of lace and of the lace-making arts and depicts her flexibility.
A rare and expensive fabric of the era, adorns her wall depicting the opulence of her status
Quite a transparent fabric and as such I’ve used this to refer to as ‘a see through illusion’ which is made possible by the loyalty of her knight
This fabric emphasises the strength and resilience of their love for each other. It was a fine linen used for veils, wimples undergarments and apparel of ladies.
No explanation needed to amplify its connection to love and heightened sensuality through its use.
The lining of his armour used in his day, underlines the warmness of his heart.
Characteristic of strength, durability and dependability to highlight the Knight’s quality.
POTD 9th April 2018
Copyright © Maria Williams | Year Posted 2018
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