Curling Horns

Curling Horns

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

He lived in the outer darkness where
You never could see him cry,
With only a lighted candle there
Whenever his eyes were dry,
But I knew him for an evil soul
A troll that waited for you,
To cast me off like a heap of dross
Which is what he’d want you to do.

So you only saw a handsome prince
A hero there in the light,
You told me about the good things that
Your friend had done in your sight,
But you couldn’t see the curling horns
That sprouted out of his head,
Nor even the narrow, squinting eyes
Glowing at night, bright red.

Your image of him was of a lord
Born of a line so high,
While I knew him as a Beelzebub
Who flew in the evening sky.
He often fluttered above my yard
Flinging his barbs at me,
They cut and wounded and hit me hard
With never you there to see.

I felt you slipping away from me
When I saw you huddled with him,
Whispering secret messages
In the hall of the local gym,
I knew that I’d have to take him out
Or risk the loss of your love,
So fashioned a wooden arrow for
One night, when he flew above.

I thought that I’d planned it perfectly
The crossbow hidden outside,
He fluttered over the garden wall
Looking for you, my bride,
I shot him straight through the heart with it,
His chest exploded in light,
I saw, on you, when you bent to him
Your curling horns in the night.

David Lewis Paget

© 2016 David Lewis Paget

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A interesting tale my friend. I was surprised by the ending. The crossbow did fix the problem. Thank you David for sharing your amazing tales.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Funny how she couldn't see the horns in such an evil dude. But then again, you didn't notice her horns either... As usual, I enjoyed your story so much

Posted 5 Years Ago

This is great.
I especially love how the local gym seems like a magical place when you spin it into this fantasy.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Pure thrills and (gut) spills here David.
Truly did not expect the finale - not at all.

*** spolier alert ***
Bet she killed the hubby in a rage with those horns though.
Classic DLP.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Really nice twist ( of the curling horns). I enjoyed this .

Posted 5 Years Ago

Another good one David......

Posted 5 Years Ago

I did not expect this clever of an ending. Well written, you really drew me in,,, to this gem.. Valentine

Posted 5 Years Ago

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Added on December 4, 2016
Last Updated on December 4, 2016
Tags: darkness, dross, glowing, barbs


David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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