Yasmin Khan

The Gypsy Girl (La Esmeralda)

How beautifully she sings
and dances
Enticing people by
her prances
A spark that sets all
in motion
Tap the ground the dainty feet
in commotion
Her beauty and charm bewitch
the mob
As she moves and dances
the hearts throb
The gypsy is unmindful of her
own charms
The goat is her pet, excellently
she performs
Pins the wandering girl all
her affection
Onto a man in rank but
all deception
the beauty finds all her love in
an ugly beast
A hunchback who adores her and
never he ceased
his boundless love and care her
only salvation
Among hungary vultures filled
with stagnation
The two souls torn and frayed
found all their solace
In Death’s embrace

Two skeletons entwined in glee
'C'est beau, la vie'

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The unforgettable character of Esmeralda, the gypsy girl in'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame'by Victor Hugo prompted me write this verse.
The last words were spoken by her(when she was going to be hanged) mean 'Life is beautiful'
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  • Akhtar Jawad (8/25/2016 10:48:00 PM)

    Yasmeen Khan's knowledge of English Literature is amazing, no surprise if she writes such wonderful poems. See how nicely she emphasizes the beauty of life. Two skeletons entwined in glee
    'C'est beau, la vie'

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (4/4/2015 7:25:00 AM)

    A moving story of privation and pathos! The story of this gypsy girl is perhaps the story of every gypsy girl! To some life is so harsh.... yet her parting words show that she is still in love with life!

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  • Dario Columbich (3/1/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    Seemed the gypsy I knew, his green eyes
    enchanted even that sky so blue,
    gypsy girl kiss my soul
    dared God to ask for you.

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  • Wahab AbdulWahab Abdul (5/13/2013 6:35:00 AM)

    it is enjoyed more than the other poems....good descriptive poem..

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  • Vipins PuthooranVipins Puthooran (5/7/2013 12:37:00 PM)

    Well woven poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Saadat TahirSaadat Tahir (5/5/2013 10:02:00 AM)

    contextually loved reading your poem
    the authors notes added so much body to the experience
    a bit of drama and romance... historical tinge immortalized by Victor Hugo
    content wise i would say nice balanced verse

    kudos

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  • Shahzia BatoolShahzia Batool (5/3/2013 11:11:00 AM)

    Your own poem Ballerina came to mind Jasmeen...beautifully written poem! ! !

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  • David WoodDavid Wood (5/2/2013 11:04:00 AM)

    A beautiful well written poem that rhymes well. A joy to read.

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  • Hazel DurhamHazel Durham (5/1/2013 8:20:00 AM)

    A beautiful write full of colour, passion, and the dance of emotions in a spellbinding trance, when the hunchback dreams of romance with her, as the two extreme opposites find solace with each other!
    Excellent write!

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (4/30/2013 10:05:00 PM)

    La Esmeralda As you sow so you reap life is ever beautiful

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  • Captain CurCaptain Cur (4/30/2013 12:14:00 PM)

    Loved this poem. Brought back memories of kindness,
    love and compassion. And the lasting effect one small
    act of kindness can do. Gypsies are such a colorful
    subject to write about and paint.

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  • Sallam YassinSallam Yassin (4/30/2013 9:08:00 AM)

    (Life is beautiful) and no one can take from her that feeling of heart!
    Esmeralda the beautiful angel in mid of monsters in a dark and crazy world
    very dramatic piece of art
    thanks to share

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  • Dave Walker (4/30/2013 4:53:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem, well written, wonderful.
    I have seen the film many times.

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (4/30/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    beautiful one, thanks Jasmeen.

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