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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Broken Lullaby for Fortune's Fool

Insomnia by MataHari7 @ deviantART


Resounding through the empty night,
Discordant melodies take flight,
Lyrics written by Fortune’s fool
In tribute to a man whose cruel

Intentions proved a fatal blight.
Resounding through the empty night
And drowning any chance of sleep,
Those melancholy dirges creep

Into the corners of her mind,
All hope of respite undermined.
Resounding through the empty night,
The music of the sacred rite

That haunts her since their vows went wrong.
Destiny sings her fragile song
Of love that faded with the light,
Resounding through the empty night.


~~~~  This poem was inspired a prompt from Poetic Bloomings asking for poems about rest as well as a prompt from Imaginary Garden with Real Toads asking us to take inspiration from the works of William Shakespeare.  I found my inspiration in the phrase “Fortune’s fool” from Romeo and Juliet.

12 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Fortune's Fool is so resonate for those who have lived long enough to experience it. Sleeplessness can be both a curse and a blessing - I figure out a lot of stuff that's bothering me in the middle of the night, but I'm often over-tired in the day.

Daydreamertoo said...

Awww...how sad. You caught the mood of Shakespeare's tragedies really well with this.
RYN: Hard to keep one step ahead of them too :) My sister tells me at 16 they become monsters and hate you, but, by the time they reach 21 they love you again...I gulped....haha

Brian Miller said...

this is definitely sad....the echoes of that song surely carry forward in ripples into our lives once it goes wrong...

Daydreamertoo said...

Nice to return for a second read.

Abin Chakraborty said...

wonderfully crafted. I especially loved your use of the refrain.

kaykuala said...

A resounding beat to the whole show, Mary! It reminds of what to expect when things go wrong. Wonderful write!

Hank

Sherry Blue Sky said...

The rhythm and meter of this poem are perfectly executed and I really like the repeated lines. Very effective.

flipside records said...

Very good, Mary. A haunting representation of The Monk's Tale.

vivinfrance said...

Beautiful form and rhythm which complement the sleepless theme.

Sreeja said...

Well written...the images are so vivid....

Day Dreamer said...

Rhythmically moving! I love the art and the imagery this piece has. It sent chills and sadness through me.

Mystic_Mom said...

This is very good, well crafted and with a bite. Nice.