An old college poem. The very traditional AABBCC rhyme scheme. Some decent lines in here at spots, though. Any rhyme that ends in the -e- sound could be used for the name, but I put “anybody” there now.
And yes, I did just bring my Lego castle back from Pennsylvania.
The poet stated:
” I have written of beauty before, and spoken of love often,
but the beauty always fades away, and the love always seems to soften.
Nothing compares to what I feel now, to this feeling that envelopes my soul.
This feeling that grows and feeds on me, threatening to devour me whole.
For though I may ruin everything I’ve worked for, my world may be torn apart,
I must risk everything to please this feeling which grows within my heart.
For what can stop the flame; what can quench an eternal fire?
Where can I find enough, to appease my soul’s desire?”
The king interjected:
“Just name anything, and I will fulfill your requests.
I can give you gold and jewel filled treasure chests.
I would give you soldiers and servants, to do as you please.
I can muster an army large enough to bring kings to their knees.
If you desire a maiden, pick any in the land.
I will speak to her father, and you shall soon have her hand.
Tell me what it is, that will your burdens release.
Tell me what I can give you that will bring your soul its peace!”
The poet replied:
” Wealth and riches have no meaning to me,
they are things that will pass- that you can’t take with you into eternity.
While many would take the armies, for the love of feeling power,
for the ability to control others, the ability to make people cower-
there is a power that is much stronger than all of this;
it is the power of love that a woman wields in her kiss.
Nay, to wield her power all she has to do is to speak,
her voice alone cuts to the soul, it turns a brave man weak.
It is a woman that I long for, it is for her love that I live,
but love is something, O great king, which even you can’t give.
It is something that must be won, from different people in different ways,
it is something that may require different tasks on different days.
Yes, to seek out one’s love is the most difficult journey one may take.
it demands of one his soul, and threatens his heart to break.
It is a quest that I must make, my lord, and I must make alone,
to win the love of the Goddess “Anybody”, to make myself to her known.
Many have tried and failed, and I may end like the rest,
but there is nothing more that I can do but try my best.
It is a longing for her, this flame which consumes me.
As I walk through the woods, I hear the wind whisper–Anybody–
On the warm summer nights I can feel her breath on the breeze,
stirring my soul as the leaves on the trees.
And in times when everything seems dark and black,
it is only a ray of light from her smile that can bring me back.
To see her happy is all I need in my life to make me content.”
He bowed to the king and finished “I think it is time I went.”
As the king watched him leave, a tear came to his eye.
He thought “that man is much stronger than I.
Although I may get almost anything I want at all,
I have never had the strength or fortune to answer love’s call”