Bereft

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic


A picture-inspired poem of a romantic tragedy.

Submitted: August 15, 2018

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Submitted: August 15, 2018

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Bereft.

 

They took him in the afternoon,

he didn’t put up a fight,

but they tied him up and shackled him,

it seemed with some delight.

A trial without a jury,

a guilty verdict, no defence;

he’d face his execution

with not a jot of evidence.

 

I begged,

I cried,

I screamed,

I tried.

I fought them

and I struggled hard

but they were just

too many.

People fighting

by my side?

No,

there were not any.

 

I was not there to see it,

did not witness his death,

but the moment his life left him

I was quite bereft.

I’d follow him,

right then I vowed,

when I did get a chance;

I walked in to that water

like I was in a trance.

 

No goodbyes,

no delay,

to join him

there was

just one way.

I let the water

swallow me,

so eager now

to drown.

 

I’d never understand it,

why they took away my life

and sentenced me to desert

my one true future wife.

I heard her cries,

I heard her screams;

I saw her fighting

in my dreams.

They did not make me suffer,

wielded that blade so swift

that I did hardly linger

but from my life did drift.

 

I could only watch

in horror

for I knew of her

intent.

When she wandered

to the water’s edge

I knew just what

she meant.

 

Helpless was I to stop her,

the water filled her lungs

and her drifting to her death

had only just begun.

The seaweed got a hold on her

pulled her down so deep,

the only option left to me

was to my patience keep.

Her life it did drain slowly,

it took such a long, long time;

she had no need to suffer

for there never was a crime.

 

At last,

her breath

no more

she takes.

But she’ll be

with me

when she

wakes.

For I will reach down into the depths,

pull her free to me.

And never will she leave my side

for we were meant to be!

 


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