raven-woman

Mistress of Carrion

Stygian heart reborn with the dawn

A waif no word or deed could snare

Moonlit limbs in blankets withdrawn

A murder of ravens nodding in prayer

Mistress of carrion lovely even in death

I beseech thee another hour, another day

Lungs screeching in defiance of breath

A man of mercy would not bid you stay

But you are crueler, more indelible than I

For without you heaven and Creator depart

My humanity will on your ascension die

For without the muse there exists no art

Severance offers neither freedom nor cure

For what reason should I alone endure?

Crept

There is no wound for which your darling lips have abstained

No passage within that I might as sanctuary claim forbidden

One by one you unravel my fears as if I were an exile chained

Beneath your omnivorous gaze no mystery remains hidden

Boundless as a wayfarer’s sky, these flaws an unsavory guide

What nightmares this troubled mind has imbibed despite protest

That you should in possession, look upon me with such pride

Tis not for me to question the fortune of which I’ve been blessed

Abandoned by blood I had no savior upon which to hope

Deplorable wretch that I was I surrendered ungratefully to sin

I wanted only for a black-veiled butcher to fasten his rope

Around my neck that I might upon my final breath grin

Knowing that I had lived if not well, at least willfully

But into my unconscious heart you crept ever so skillfully

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28 thoughts on “2 Sonnets (Mistress of Carrion and Crept)

  1. Wow! I love the sonnet form, and you’ve gone a fantastic job…it does seem to bring out an extra sense of the epic and drama, in my opinion, it’s in the form itself and just comes out, whowever uses it – and you use it superbly. I was particularly impressed by the first one, the imagery was so powerful it made me wriggle and sqirm. Great job! Blessings, H xxxx

  2. Loved the sonnets! The first one read like a spell or an incantation, the tone in which I imagine it and the words and meaning was just magical. Then comes the other one, which is like a lyricaly awesome heartburst. Loved this part especially :”Boundless as a wayfarer’s sky, these flaws an unsavory guide

    What nightmares this troubled mind has imbibed despite protest

    That you should in possession, look upon me with such pride

    Tis not for me to question the fortune of which I’ve been blessed”. I think you could get to have a lot of fun and produce even more amazing poems with this form, I enjoyed reading your words in this rendition πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful sonnets and wonderful rhymes. I have a Kyrielle sonnet scheduled to posted tomorrow night and then a challenge the night after that. I think you have proven yourself remarkable flexible with your writing and should not be afraid of the rhyming forms as you do them so well. πŸ™‚

    1. I consider you an expert at rhyming so thank you so much Sonya! I haven’t done a Kryielle but I do remember thinking the form was impossible lol I look forward to reading yours =)

  4. Wait…this is your try something different???? You wrote that with the same beauty and elegance as your other work. Brilliant….also you get extra YAY points because you have a raven in it. πŸ™‚ Ravens make me this Poe and well I love Poe. ha

  5. Knowing that I had lived if not well, at least willfully…nice…i like….well played sonnet form…form is def not the easiest thing for me…i would much rather let the words run amuck…haha…they are still distinctly yours though, which is a good thing….not letting the form overcome that…

  6. As a free verse poet, trying to rhyme
    May seem to prove a very hard time
    But, nonetheless, your voice is still there
    You crystalline words float lightly on air
    I think Shakespeare would feel fine
    For how masterfully you go line to line
    A murder of crows and allusion to Poe
    And the word waif, how far you do go
    To capture my thoughts with in your sonnet
    How do you know what goes on under my bonnet?
    (groan but what rhythms with sonnet.)
    So fair the well, old soul and poet
    I’ll leave you to finish this rhyme with poet because you rhyme as exquisitely as you write in other genres!

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