Captain Cur

(England)

Princess and the Commoner


A Knight was in love with a Princess;
she walked with a dignified grace,
she was arrayed like a perfumed flower
threaded in gossamer lace.

He sent to her rare blossoms
that bloomed in the light of the moon
and stood in the shade of a bower
reciting at the height of the noon.

He penned for her a love song
with the passion and flavor of youth
and he brought with him a minstrel
then he sang to the tune of the flute.

The Princess was cold that evening
moved not by the flute or his song,
she retired to her father's chamber
reflecting at the foot of his throne.

The Knight was commissioned by merchants
to slay a magnificent beast,
craftsmen fashioned a necklace
made of priceless talisman teeth.

The Princess would not clasp it
so it hung on her vanities door
at night they would constantly chatter
and speak of love and of loss and of war.

The Knight rode off to battle
fighting in foreign campaigns
and returned with a Persian stallion
and offered the Princess his reins.

The Princess would not accept them
so the Knight set the stallion free
and said; 'I release and return you
to the earth and the wind and the sea.'

In an act of desperation
he laid down his armor and shield
he bent his sword to a plowshare
and gave his strength to the field.

One night on a moon trimmed evening
the Knight saw a commoner girl
she was watching him in the distance
dressed in rags and blistered by toil.

The Knight moved quickly upon her
caressing her scars and her hurt
enfolding her in his strong arms
lifting her up from the dirt.

She motioned to a lowly thatch dwelling
that was hidden by thorny brush trees
breaking with joy through the clearing
he stroked the earth and the wind and the sea.

Her hut was twined with dried flowers
that shone with the light of the moon
and her bed adorned like the bowers
from which he sang when the sun peaked at noon.

Dressing her neck the teeth chattered
and they spoke of commoner blood
with the love and the pain and the passion
unsung in the snow and the mud.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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  • Rookie - 16 Points Yasmeen Khan (4/29/2013 8:17:00 AM)

    It's a classical love story. True love is like precious pearl can be found anywhere..I liked it's epic theme. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (4/27/2013 1:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful! ! ! People so frequently discuss that after the Information Technology we have lost the reading habits, but if the writing is like this what you write, the readers still have the aesthetic taste buds alive! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (4/24/2013 12:19:00 PM)

    A story so wonderfully told which touches thechordof the heart.The crafting of the poem is beautiful with full rhyme and rhythm.Enjoyed to the hilt! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,599 Points Diane Hine (4/24/2013 7:02:00 AM)

    You're a great story-teller Captain. This poem is a real pleasure to read. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Valsa George (4/24/2013 6:20:00 AM)

    A beautiful ballad that runs like a soft flowing stream! The chivalrous knight, when in desperation over his unrequitted love abandoned his valour and armour and identified himself with a commoner, could at last find a companion of his heart's choice with the magic talisman necklace around her neck, chattering of commoner love and passion!
    Greatly enjoyed (Report) Reply

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