This poem was written for A Prompt Each Day, a daily dose of inspiration. For today’s prompt – we were given a list of 10 words to inspire our writing (we only have to use three). I was able to capture eight of them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.
It was a tale of long ago
when love was strong and meant to last
a woman stood – yet brave and strong
her pulse had quickened – beating fast.
Honor etched upon her face
and quickness still found in her feet
she hid her fears and left her longing
she knew that death she could not cheat.
Long ago, heart wrapped in his
and vows – together – they did make
she promised she would follow him
even when life he did forsake.
On pyre his body, gently raised
his once strong form now void of life
more humble after years of glory
she felt honored to be his wife.
She found that life was one short journey
but one she felt she traveled well
with her husband, she felt alive
in Paradise, she hoped they’d dwell.
She climbed the pyre with hesitation
and looked in the distance – out to sea
where boats she saw in the hundreds
“My dear, they’ve come to honor thee.”
As water lapped upon the shore
the pyre gently pushed out to sea
lanterns lit on boats to guide them
and all observed their pageantry.
His name – someday – none shall remember
but all will know her love was true
solidly she stood to face tomorrow
as flames of fire toward her flew.
(C) S. J. 2015