Today at dVerse Poetics Pub, Meeting the Bar, we are using several writing techniques – reduction, oulipo, and conceit. I have decided to use reduction on a poem I wrote awhile back. I saw this painting by Frederic Burton and was immediately touched by it and the story behind it of two ill fated lovers. Note the fallen rose at her feet.
Meeting on the Turret Stairs
This last sacrament,
This last kiss, eternity
Locked in a moment –
Faithful heart will cease to beat,
Roses fade, love lives always –
Fair princess and saintly knight,
Her bodyguard, sworn to die for
Her even before their love bloomed.
Their love was forbidden.
He was deemed suitable to guard her
And give his life
Yet the king denied the knight’s worth
To love his daughter.
Her brothers will soon kill him
Obeying the will of their father.
One last time
Meet on the turret stairs.
She, beyond sorrow
Cannot look upon his face.
He, loving her beyond death
Feels this last kiss
A holy sacrament.
His face says what his heart cannot.
The rose, his last for her
Drops on the stairs,
It will fade
But their love will be forever.