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The Minstrel and the Bard

Posted by lisaspoetryfromtheheart on July 12, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Today's poem from A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God is the Minstrel and the Bard, written after seeing a street musician play outside Lincoln Cathedral.


And a piper at the Gates of Love,

Assured and unselfconscious,

Tells of a bittern

Who died by the lake -

Frozen -

Beak unable

To penetrate the ice….

Sweet, the Uillean pipes

Croon dark lament

By stone on stone….

I am taken up

On these bold Celtic wings.


Do not resist!

My heart was always yours

For the taking.

My soul wants to fly -

To penetrate the ice

Of Lincoln’s noonday sun

And drink the sweet waters

Of Freedom….

I long to fly to you,

My distant love,

And sing my dreams….

Long to share

This Flight

With you….

And now

The music changes to a reel -

My feet

Invited to the Dance!

These pipes, this piper,

Weave their magic well….

By this Cathedral

Ancient, strong in ritual and romance,

We share a pagan mirth!

The Minstrel and the Bard

Who meet by chance -

I miss you now,

But will not die of Love -

Nor try to dance!

(c) Lisa Marie Gabriel

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