Posted in Art and About, Pure Fiction, Shutterbug Blues, Verses

El Príncep Maleït

the-fallen-prince
“The Fallen Prince” – Nick Walton, date unknown

in an
age
of yore
there was
a prince:
his face
his form
his mellifluous
voice
would put
angels
to shame –
but his
moods
were dark
and his
eyes
were cold
and his
heart
they said
was blacker
than coal.

he lived
for pleasure,
his days
forever halcyon
and pleasant
and filled
with song;
and the
fairest maidens
he bedded
and broke;
and the
beasts
of the
wood
he hunted
remorselessly;
and the
wine
flowed without
cease.

but woe
betide
the hapless
soul
who dared
cross him…
few men
they say
could speak
of his
cruelty,
few men
they say
had lived
to tell.

but
a day
soon came
and the
prince
in his
pride
in his
folly
dared mock
a crone
who begged
for coin:
and he
spat
full into
her face
and his
words
were cruel
and coarse
as he
commanded
her to
stand aside
that he
might pass.

lo:
the crone
cast off
her wretched
guise
and revealed
herself
as the
queen
of twilight
shadows
and sore
was she
and angry
at this
impertinent
impulsive
impecunious
unrepentant youth
that she
struck him
a blow
that knocked
him out
cold
and she
swore
that he
would not
awaken
unless
a maid
braved the
darkness
to reach
his side.

and the
sons
of the
shadows
bore him
away
to the
top
of a
tower
in the
heart
of a
maze
of thorny
thickets
and bloody
blooms
beyond the
reach
of mortal
ken
and there
he lies
and there
he sleeps.

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Author:

Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended earlier this year. These days, she works for a corporate governance advocacy in Makati. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel.

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