The Thirsty Quill

The Thirsty Quill

A Poem by Lee Bakes
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Feeding of what you learn everyday

"

The metal circle hung on the wall,

Black and bronze and very small.

A copper piece no larger than her head,

Hanging dutifully above her bed.

 

On that night as the air stood still

Due chiefly to her arid quill,

Her mind was but a flood of rant;

Darting fast and cognizant.

 

And as the flame of candle swelled

Her gaze was at this shield compelled;

To rest a trifle and perhaps consider,

What the wall had offered hither.

 

There in bronze was a maiden fair,

Dressed as if with special care

And with her sat a Dervish teacher

A sage or monk or holy preacher.

 

Like tales of old take hold of us,

The fair maiden came to her thus:

Her hair was black as ebony wild,

Her lips as plump as a cherub child.

 

But wait, is that a wig she wore?

With plastic hair that hung at stores?

And were those lips that shone so red,

Bathed in coloured wax instead?

 

 

And was the dervish’s beard real,

Or was it really a stick-on deal?

And was he preaching of the soul,

Or talking elections and Super Bowl?

 

She cursed aloud for never could she,

Beyond botox and make up see,

The real maiden slender and pure,

Only a model, in haute coture.

 

Her Dervish too was but a con

For never had she chanced upon

A person so abstemious by nature,

Wild, and free of sinewy musculature.

 

Her world seemed then a paltry lie

Viewed through film and rosy dye.

Her arid quill did merely reply

“Your mind is what is really dry”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


© 2016 Lee Bakes



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Top rate writing Lee! You have constructed a poem that rhymed with meaning and scans well - fairly rare on WC. Also I was able to read it without frequent stops to scratch my head - what does that mean? I thought your transition from the serious to the comic half way (wigs and plastic hair) was great.
Well done.
I've just uploaded a new story called 'Bus to heaven or .. ' if you have the time for a 'ride'
Thanks,
Alan

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Lee Bakes

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You are too kind :D this coming from someone with as clever writing sense as you is really good for .. read more



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Top rate writing Lee! You have constructed a poem that rhymed with meaning and scans well - fairly rare on WC. Also I was able to read it without frequent stops to scratch my head - what does that mean? I thought your transition from the serious to the comic half way (wigs and plastic hair) was great.
Well done.
I've just uploaded a new story called 'Bus to heaven or .. ' if you have the time for a 'ride'
Thanks,
Alan

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lee Bakes

1 Year Ago

You are too kind :D this coming from someone with as clever writing sense as you is really good for .. read more

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Lee Bakes
Lee Bakes

India



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Hello! I'm Lee! As a kid i loved writing creative writing essays at school and egged on by my kind and exemplary teachers I started writing in my free time and never stopped. My imagination is my hom.. more..

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