Yasmeen Khan


The Gypsy Girl (La Esmeralda)


How beautifully she sings
and dances
Enticing people by
her prances
A spark that sets all
in motion
Tap the ground the dainty feet
in commotion
Her beauty and charm bewitch
the mob
As she moves and dances
the hearts throb
The gypsy is unmindful of her
own charms
The goat is her pet, excellently
she performs
Pins the wandering girl all
her affection
Onto a man in rank but
all deception
the beauty finds all her love in
an ugly beast
A hunchback who adores her and
never he ceased
his boundless love and care her
only salvation
Among hungary vultures filled
with stagnation
The two souls torn and frayed
found all their solace
In Death’s embrace

Two skeletons entwined in glee
'C'est beau, la vie'

Submitted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The unforgettable character of Esmeralda, the gypsy girl in'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame'by Victor Hugo prompted me write this verse.
The last words were spoken by her(when she was going to be hanged) mean 'Life is beautiful'

Comments about this poem (The Gypsy Girl (La Esmeralda) by Yasmeen Khan )

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dario Columbich (3/1/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    Seemed the gypsy I knew, his green eyes
    enchanted even that sky so blue,
    gypsy girl kiss my soul
    dared God to ask for you. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,675 Points Wahab Abdul (5/13/2013 6:35:00 AM)

    it is enjoyed more than the other poems....good descriptive poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Vipins Puthooran (5/7/2013 12:37:00 PM)

    Well woven poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 930 Points Saadat Tahir (5/5/2013 10:02:00 AM)

    contextually loved reading your poem
    the authors notes added so much body to the experience
    a bit of drama and romance... historical tinge immortalized by Victor Hugo
    content wise i would say nice balanced verse

    kudos (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 603 Points Shahzia Batool (5/3/2013 11:11:00 AM)

    Your own poem Ballerina came to mind Jasmeen...beautifully written poem! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 267 Points David Wood (5/2/2013 11:04:00 AM)

    A beautiful well written poem that rhymes well. A joy to read. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,069 Points Hazel Durham (5/1/2013 8:20:00 AM)

    A beautiful write full of colour, passion, and the dance of emotions in a spellbinding trance, when the hunchback dreams of romance with her, as the two extreme opposites find solace with each other!
    Excellent write! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,706 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (4/30/2013 10:05:00 PM)

    La Esmeralda As you sow so you reap life is ever beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 340 Points Captain Cur (4/30/2013 12:14:00 PM)

    Loved this poem. Brought back memories of kindness,
    love and compassion. And the lasting effect one small
    act of kindness can do. Gypsies are such a colorful
    subject to write about and paint. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,741 Points Sallam Yassin (4/30/2013 9:08:00 AM)

    (Life is beautiful) and no one can take from her that feeling of heart!
    Esmeralda the beautiful angel in mid of monsters in a dark and crazy world
    very dramatic piece of art
    thanks to share (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,441 Points Dave Walker (4/30/2013 4:53:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem, well written, wonderful.
    I have seen the film many times. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,228 Points Gajanan Mishra (4/30/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    beautiful one, thanks Jasmeen. (Report) Reply

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