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Silverlily's Narnia poems

Silverlily
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I have a number of Narnia-inspired poems, and some of them are so short I would feel odd giving them their own thread. I thought if Wild Rose could do a multi-poem thread it was probably alright for me too?

Here is the first one. It is a trilogy of haiku for the Star's Daughter.

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Daughter of the stars

Leaves the only coast she knows,

Lights her new way home.

--

Queen of men and beasts

Rules as Seafarer’s right hand,

Far from Silver seas.

--

Mother of the prince

Doesn’t see who slithers slow

On a Maying day.

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Topic starter Posted : January 14, 2023 4:40 pm
wild rose
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that's a beautiful poem, @Silverlily, the ending is a bit sad, of course, as it gives a hint of her sad end. It's been a while since there has been some Narnia poetry on the forum, I'm looking forward to seeing what else you have written.

always be humble and kind

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Posted : January 15, 2023 8:54 am
Silverlily
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Thanks much, @wild-rose.

Here's another...

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protection

“They said there was stars’ blood in her veins.”

It was no rumor. That blood defends her son,

Relieves enchantment’s thrall, returns him kindly pains

Of memory, of home and her face and his father,

Of all that is lost or to be won

If by a miracle he should flee, or his lady’s enchantments falter.

Bound by silver and miles of earth,

Battered in soul by poisoned fire,

And schemes of conquest, and the lips of a liar—

Still stars’ blood is proving its worth,

Singing the songs of Eastern light,

And destiny’s dance,

And clean, pure light.  

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Topic starter Posted : January 15, 2023 9:54 am
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Silverlily
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I think it's been long enough I can post again?

One for Susan.

In a closed wardrobe

There are days when you knock and no door opens.

Sometimes they are more like years.

You rap your knuckles on solid wood,

Calling to a forest that won’t appear.

You wear schoolgirl skirts instead of a crown.

And there are days, my dear,

When you will wonder

If you will ever walk from floorboards to snow.

You’ll be asked to take it sight unseen

That beyond the summer rain

There was winter wind,

And sisters take teatime

Between lost minutes.

We doubters, we can still be saints--

We’ll still find our love and wonder

When the portal gapes,

When we touch life’s scars.  

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Topic starter Posted : January 16, 2023 4:10 pm
wild rose
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@Silverlily, I love the sad feel of the poem. It's nostalgic and reminiscing. You have a beautiful way with words and weaving them together in a lyrical way. Great job

always be humble and kind

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Posted : January 17, 2023 12:27 am
Narnian78
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@silverlily 

This is a wonderful poem. It expresses the feeling of sadness for Susan so well. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted : January 17, 2023 3:05 am
Silverlily
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Thanks folks.

Here comes another...

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Friends of Narnia

My cousin, some days you are

Edmund to Eustace,

Standing by me on the shore

In the gleaming dawn,

Shared stories, shared wonder,

Shared love of a Lion,

Shared shame aimed at

The ass, the traitor,

The ones we have been 

Still transforming

Before golden eyes.

-

Some days you are my Reepicheep,

A voice in my ear by the fireside,

Bringing comfort and regaling with stories

When I’m alone and trapped

In this dragon’s body,

In these monster’s jaws 

That will not speak for themselves,

Cannot raise their voice

Except in sand-scribbling.

Yet I half-wait for our ship to sail away.

-

Some days I swear

You’re the touch of Aslan.

Peeling me open,

A good freeing pain

I could not complete

With my claws alone.

My dear, you are my undragoning.

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Topic starter Posted : January 17, 2023 3:47 am
Silverlily
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from a reread of Prince Caspian.

Chapter 3

"You don't feel like ghosts!"

But in a sense, they were.

Ghosts of half-forgotten history

Sprung up out of legends,

Before a practical, unprepared Dwarf.

Old Narnia is not in the grave,

But only slumbering.

Children summoned are the stirrings

Of the lost Golden Age, 

Just as Narnia stirs again within them.

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2023 3:37 pm
Silverlily
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(PC)

Chapter 4

Child so full of wonder,

Do you understand?

Your fathers built your world

On murdered bones.

Seek justice, mercy,

With your frightening power.

The world's ruins whisper

Of a brighter day.

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Topic starter Posted : January 20, 2023 1:21 pm
Silverlily
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{PC)

Chapter 8

Memories meet the young king's muscle, mettle

He's in fine fettle for a fight

The magic of the past has been in the air all night,

Returning to him his old knowledge, might.

It is indeed a fine kettle

Of fish for the doubting Dwarf,

Coming in ready to teach a child,

And finding a knight's worth.

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Topic starter Posted : January 21, 2023 12:28 pm
Silverlily
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(PC)

Chapter 9 (the bear)

Gentle spirit hesitates,

Waits in the face of danger.

Is the monster friend or foe?

How do we know we know?

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Topic starter Posted : January 23, 2023 6:10 pm
Narnian78
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I am glad that other people have written poems about Narnia since there is only a little poetry in the books themselves.  I guess that Lewis himself had mostly given up writing poetry when writing the Narnia books. At one time he had wanted to become a poet, but today he is remembered for his prose. 🙂

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Posted : January 23, 2023 10:33 pm
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Cleander
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These are so well done! Couldn't help but grin at the "mettle-fettle-kettle" pattern in the PC one.

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Posted : January 24, 2023 6:04 am
Silverlily
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@narnian78 I've been meaning to read some Lewis poetry, actually - got a book marked as to-read on my Goodreads list.

@the-mad-poet Thank ye kindly, it's cool to get input from someone who is themself quite a talented poet. ^_^

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Topic starter Posted : January 30, 2023 4:10 pm
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