The Merchant’s Girl: A Lament This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Thechosenoneonfire said...
May 5, 2014 at 6:03 am
Very nice . This poem is fantastic. I loved it. Just keep writing.
GhostBeam said...
Apr. 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm
I really liked it.         It was Awesome.               Good Work.                 Keep Writing.
the-earth-between-our-toes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 7, 2013 at 8:07 am
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!
itsjustmeHannah said...
Apr. 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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!
Dolly9471 said...
Dec. 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm
That was great amd you should keep writing!!!
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm
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.
crimson.k said...
Jul. 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm
oh that was great!
arrowed_rain said...
Jul. 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm
That was a great piece of work. It kept me reading; kept me wondering. Keep writing! (please!)
mmfdg623 said...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 8:59 pm
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.
Jaquie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm
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_Kiryu This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Wicked Awesome. It sounds like one of those classic poems, like Roland, or something like that.
Katie said...
Dec. 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm
This is fantastic :) I love the way the words flow.
Red Gold said...
Aug. 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm
I love how you unfold this creative tale into poetry!
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