Paige Scott

A Ballad In The Dark - Poem by Paige Scott

Thick, and still, and dark was the room,
Black as the hidden side of the moon;
And I felt a mystery like I held a rune;
And a wind chime played, a whisper- a croon-
Tinkle tink tik-tik tink-ling…

The smell of lilacs pervaded the air,
Sweet, and light, and faint, but there;
And a musty scent of dust gave its share,
And smooth and tense, a puff— a flare—
Tinkle tink tik-tik- tink-ling…

An ornate brass chest left all alone,
It whispered, and beckoned, and gave a groan;
And it called to me, in a tongue unknown;
And it sang to me, a song— a moan—
Tinkle tink tik-tik tink-ling…

A black velvet ribbon was binding it fast,
It was soft, and strange, and meant to last;
And it tied up the secret obscurely vast;
And pulled me closer, a riddle— a past—
Tinkle tink tik-tik tink-ling…

“I’m coming, ” said I with trembling and fear,
And I fought at my dread, and slowly drew near;
And I heard a vague laugh rasping close to my ear;
And I opened the chest, dead silence— a tear—
Tinkle tink tik-tik tink-ling…
Tinkle tink tik-tik tink-ling.

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  • (2/14/2011 2:25:00 AM)

    You have been bold to write four-line verses with all lines rhyming, and you have succeeded pretty well in making the rhymes natural; the refrain works well too. This is a good, atmospheric piece, and you should be pleased with it. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 13, 2011

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