All is Lost

‘Twas with storm and October gale she ripped the sail

Shredded last threads flapping / faceless flag without stripes

Into the gale / fearless calm / face of moon-ash-pale

Fate assured / as many feared the Orca axed rock’s sharp scrape

*

Tsumami waves… his pall bearers strong / buried him deep

neath igneous rocks, casket solid, lasting a thousand years

Pale moon shredding tears / hidden from all in view’s keep

Fate assured / guiding light / riding gears of hopeless fears

*

Now each October 31st she walks / cold quartz beneath her feet

Pale Moon brightly shines / smiles / mist kissing her ashen face

This night her last walk / gang plank of sand / calls from the deep

Assured fate / drawn to his siren song / moon follows her last trace

Waves wash the chalkboard clean….

Spectors walk hand in hand in the full moon’s light….

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Lucy is the guest host and asked us to write a dark ballad. October has many aspects of this ending with Halloween. I am not into murder, blood, or gore, so I wrote my ballad about a salor lost in a storm and his love who cannot take the loss any longer! Hope you enjoy it along with my painting that I entitled “All is Lost”.

Join us at: https://dversepoets.com Then click the Mr. Linkey box to read some of the other poets poems.

65 thoughts on “All is Lost

  1. Dwight, this is such a fabulous poem and amazing painting. I love the details of the wind and the moonlight. Themes like loss and longing are present in this poem, and it’s extremely captivating. I also really love how it fits like a puzzle with the painting; they compliment each other well. A very immersing ballad to read. Excellence.

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  2. This was very beautiful to read, and sad too. The loves pain of her loss and her final resignation to fate, the mute witness of the moonlight and the waves, it all creates a strangely serene and sad picture, that is very visual. And your art is so beautiful too, and fitting the ballad. Lovely read !!

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  3. Love your painting as a muse. This is filled with grief and sadness specially:

    This night her last walk / gang plank of sand / calls from the deep
    Assured fate / drawn to his siren song / moon follows her last trace

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  4. A tragic tale of loss grief. You have framed this beautifully and I LOVE the painting you have posted to accompany your words. I also love the fact the man is singing the siren song, for once!

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  5. Words aren’t enough to describe just how mesmerizing this ballad is! 💝 I especially like; “Pale Moon brightly shines / smiles / mist kissing her ashen face.” Grief is beautiful and sobering in it’s own right.

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