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Topic: Vanity (11/15/18)
TITLE: Vanity's Waltz
By Annette Griffin
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a chaste, restless maiden felt torn.
Should she relent and succumb to moonlight,
or cling to the vow she had sworn?
Slowly, she swayed from the left to the right,
her body and heart both engaged.
She made up her mind to embrace her delight,
ignoring the promise she’d made.
With no regard for who posed the invite,
she curtsied and offered her hand.
Then Darkness replied, “You look lovely tonight,”
while taking her soul in command.
Fluidly twirling beneath the starlight
the maiden felt giddy and free,
till Darkness grew tired and bid her goodnight
and then chained her limbs to a tree.
Remorse gripped her throat as she pleaded with fright,
“Sir, please don’t keep me bound here!
The sky’s utter blackness will soon shroud the light,
and I will be tortured by Fear.”
The cackle of Darkness rang brash through the night.
“My dear, your request is absurd.
Why would I forfeit the sting of my blight,
to spare you the sentence incurred?”
Hopelessness pounded her heart with its smite,
leaving her listless and pale.
He then crooned a victory song with delight,
waltzing her soul to the vale.
Through marvelous, thundering, glistening light,
a hero appeared in their midst.
Darkness recoiled, spewing venomous spite,
defending his ground and the tryst.
“This woman is mine and you have no right
to offer your services here.
She willingly took both my hand and invite
without any protest or fear.”
The woman’s face lowered; her heart stung contrite,
knowing she’d acted in err.
“Although his song lured me, I knew what was right,
yet vainly I danced to his snare.”
“Unchain her now, Darkness. There will be no fight.
This battle is already won.
Or can’t you recall her blood-bought birthright?
Go now! Your scheme is undone.”
Night fled as the brilliant rays of sunlight
started to rise on the wind.
The maiden’s chains dropped. She ran to her knight,
thankful his love had no end.
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