When did the starlight happier seem than now? The evening’s quiet, when so full of peace? How does heaven seem so near to me Now, when I have wished away my heart?
Why has the night so sober been? Why has my mind been reason’s moon? That this poor sun has felt so long a night The bark of last year’s growth has now unveiled A green and stripling age of mind; Eloping with this redder, browner blaze Of hopeful, living love.
The two paintings above are by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882). His model, who he considered his muse, and who later became his wife, was Elizabeth Siddal (1829 – 1862).
At such a sight As the moon at night So high, so bright My thoughts take flight The sheer delight Of its vibrant white Its pungent bite Some day might Emit its light To end my plight Leaving me quite Without foresight Indeed contrite
My lockdown life has fuelled a fire a fire of the imagination It burns the strongest in my dreams its brightest light at night an ever flickering conflagration half hidden from my sight
For when I wake I feel its kick I tremble with the loss of leaving that other clouded world left picking through its embers
There where strangers meet as friends where lovers lose their once-held power where every tree meant more to me with every passing hour
But why when shrouded in dreamland’s mists do such recovered images disappear with wakefulness refuse to linger rush away leaving only a taste a memory risked asecond chance missed a taste of what could have been lost in that fleeting insubstantial dream
A whimper came to me at night, A murmur soft as a dream. It crept into my consciousness, As would a silk moonbeam.
This phantom sound, This covert cry, Caused my heart to still; It seemed to me It had to be More than just a sigh.
A threat, A promise, A pleading voice, A start or a cessation? A signal meant for me alone – Oblation or Damnation?
I held my heart in readiness, Wept when no guidance came; Waited too long, The moment gone; As ever I am to blame.
Please Note:Over the next few weeks, whilst I am downsizing and moving house, I shall hopefully be posting only two blogs each week, rather than my usual daily publication. I hope to return to more frequent postings in a few weeks time.