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Hylas and the Nymphs

Posted on September 5, 2010 at 12:05 AM

 I've always admired the poetic styles of old.

This I attempted to emulate the 1, 2, 3 +3, 2 style, used by so many poets of the past.

Based on the Waterhouse print of Hylas and the Nymphs.

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Luring the uncharted isle

drawn below full moon

the star cast net our anchor set

inside the glass lagoon

 

Ashore the searching souls

beyond the rank and file

though weather fair yet some despair

the lie from compass dial

 

Beyond the mossy wood

sing song voice is heard

on solo ear does Hylas hear

what source the beckoned word

 

Hidden pond with lily blooms

the Argonaut does kneel

maidens breech with hungry reach

upon him head to heel

 

Such strength the yearning tide

the ripple becomes wave

with ebb and flow the ember grows

exploring each dampened cave

 

On the silken brine

no Jonah escapes the sperm

a knowing fate the yearn to sate

for each and all a turn

 

All the while the howling cries

the pitch and tone so harsh

each seeded womb yet to bloom

upon the midnight marsh

 

All bound by passions knot

no sword of love avails

nor witness the sight that moonlit night

as the horizon drowns all sails.

Categories: Poetry & Lyric, Jip Morgan, Adventure

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Reply George Spelvin
6:06 AM on September 5, 2010 
A bit of old Pre-Raphaelite art history in terms of the Waterhouse painting! One of my favorites Nice job! Glad you brought back an oler form of poem. Not enough people explore these nowadays.

Write on!