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The Merchant’s Girl: A Lament MAG

By Daydreamishly GOLD, Alexandria, Virginia
Daydreamishly GOLD, Alexandria, Virginia
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     Now ye behold

The tale of old

That made our elders cry.

The story of

Two faithful loves

That made two heroes die.

The merchant’s girl

Had skin of pearls

And glowing sapphire eyes.

She walked with grace;

Unto her face

The crowd gave many sighs.

With ivory skin

Like all her kin

And silver locks of hair,

The merchant old

And full of gold

Would need a son for her.

His daughter’s friends

Were all good men

But had no common sense,

The man to claim

His daughter’s name

Could never be so dense.

He searched up high

He looked down low,

But ‘twas a useless act,

“No man can serve

What she deserves!”

It was a sad’ning fact.

The merchant sighed

And might’ve cried

Had it not been for he,

A solid lad

And armor clad

Gave the merchant his plea.

The wedding was

Impressive ‘cause

The merchant had much to spend.

With his girl gone

He settled on

A place to live ‘til end.

The lad’s new wife

Soon brought new life

But soon the danger came,

The lad, a knight,

Would have to fight

To earn money for his dame.

With heavy heart

He did depart

Leaving wife and child new,

Whilst he was gone

They both moved on

And the child grew and grew.

Three long years passed

Before, at last,

The lad (now man) came back,

His love and he

Lived happily

Until the big attack.

Off again he

Left family

And joined the Callekay side,

But he, time this,

Ceased to exist

That is, to say, he died.

But wait, not yet!

The prequel’s set,

But the story begins now, alone;

A child now grows,

And finally goes,

To fetch a wife of his own.

A sailor he finds,

...A sailor of kinds...

‘Tis simply a pirate, ‘tis sure.

He joined their plight,

He’d steal and he’d fight,

To get riches and spices and fur.

On ship he met

Lovely Claudette

A pirate of feminine sorts,

Her soft brown eyes,

He soon realized,

Were his favorite of orbs.

Kidnapped, she was.

He races, and does

Nearly rescue Claudette,

Pirate or not

None could’ve fought

A hundred surly opponents.

A good pirate

(One like Claudette)

Would never rescue another,

Now alone, old,

Lonely and cold

Widower and once a mother;

The merchant’s girl

Once skin of pearl,

Was now beauty-lost and frail.

Her heart still pure

She wasn’t sure

she wanted her life to prevail.

Once contented,

Now lamented,

The merchant’s girl is gone.



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on Jul. 3 2018 at 4:08 pm
wuadbwabdu BRONZE, Wenatchee, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
If your reading this your too late - Drake

Like many of the people who commented, I respect your opinion. However, I disagree. It was an extremely suspenseful story and one of my favorites.

i love this !

This is so realistic!

on May. 5 2014 at 6:03 am
Thechosenoneonfire BRONZE, Noida, Other
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Very nice . This poem is fantastic. I loved it. Just keep writing.

on Apr. 28 2014 at 3:23 pm
GhostMatrix SILVER, Bradenton, Florida
6 articles 3 photos 83 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live Each Day To The Fullest. -Quote From Somewhere Else-

I'm Whatever You Want Me To Be - My Quote -

I really liked it.         It was Awesome.               Good Work.                 Keep Writing.

on Aug. 7 2013 at 8:07 am
the-earth-between-our-toes SILVER, Wales, Other
6 articles 11 photos 30 comments
Wow, this is really amazing. It really does sound like a famous poem that I would read in class. It takes your mind to the olden days. I found myself singing it in my head to music. It was very catchy and great and wow. Keep it up!

on Apr. 19 2013 at 8:59 pm
OurVoices PLATINUM, Merrimac, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are" - e.e. cummings

This was really really great! i loved the way that it flowed. it sounds like some famous poem that i would read in English class. your very talented! keep writing!

on Dec. 30 2012 at 7:18 pm
Dolly9471 BRONZE, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
In the end will will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.

That was great amd you should keep writing!!!

Lostinbooks said...
on Jul. 20 2009 at 5:55 pm
Lostinbooks, Arcadia, California
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Love this! Has the feel of a fairy tale... the kind that people write novels about. It feels like this isn't the end of the story... When I read this, I thought it seemed like the beginning of a bigger story. All to say I liked it a lot.

leena.k SILVER said...
on Jul. 6 2009 at 9:51 pm
leena.k SILVER, Doha, Alaska
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oh that was great!

on Jul. 5 2009 at 10:43 pm
a_bunch_of_nuns, Unknown, Wisconsin
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That was a great piece of work. It kept me reading; kept me wondering. Keep writing! (please!)

mmfdg623 GOLD said...
on Jun. 11 2009 at 8:59 pm
mmfdg623 GOLD, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Your story is fantastic. I love how you made it into a poem of sorts. If you have extra time on your hands, maybe you can check out some of my stories. TeenInk.com/raw/Fiction/article/106719/Chasing-Butterflies/

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on May. 1 2009 at 8:42 pm
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Your story was beautiful. I found it both comforting and satisfactory. The story line was perfect because you didn't follow the cliched 'happy ending'. I really appreciate the work that you did here. Keep writing, please.

...,

Zero_K DIAMOND said...
on Apr. 6 2009 at 9:42 pm
Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Life's no fun if you're not insane, otherwise you grow up to be an accountant." -Moi

Wicked Awesome. It sounds like one of those classic poems, like Roland, or something like that.

Katie said...
on Dec. 14 2008 at 8:58 pm
This is fantastic :) I love the way the words flow.

Red Gold said...
on Aug. 7 2008 at 7:46 pm
I love how you unfold this creative tale into poetry!


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