Friday, April 29, 2016

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[scarlet pimpernel flowers from google dot com]

WILD AND FREE
Those were the days, yes, when heads rolled
Like sliced bread, on buttered ways;
For Madame Guillotine, quite sharp was she,
A pampered princess, could, headless peasant
Tomorrow be.

But a market cart driven by a hag, may just
Be Chauvelin's snag, for wildflowers, the colour
Of blood, blossomed free and wild
Insignificant, the scarlet pimpernel
Along the country sides

Yet, hearts swooned where a love story gleaned
For Sir Percy and his fair Marguerite.
WILD AND FREE © gillena cox 2016



"They seek him here,
they seek him there,
those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel."[ The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Emma Orczy 1865 – 1947]

Written for
The Challenge by Sanaa:
On Popular Demand – – When armed with the license to Quote – [13]


AND

The Challenge by Magaly:
Plant A Poem Within A Tale
– Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2016 (Day 22)

14 comments:

  1. This is absolutely lovely :D especially struck by these lines "for wildflowers, the colour of blood, blossomed free and wild.." Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights Gillena :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  2. Happy you dropped in Sanaa

    much love...

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  3. Oh yes! Thank you for reminding me of one of my great favourites. (As I say in my own poem, my loves are many.)

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    1. its still is my favourite book, i read it several times in my high school years and it remains with me
      Thanks for dropping in Rosemary

      much love...

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  4. That first line is full of tales. Vivid and telling.

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  5. Thanks for dropping in Magaly

    much love...

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  6. That the unbelievable cruelty and disdain for death then (and now) should produce romantic poetry is remarkable. I wonder whether each species will be judged on their performance on Earth at heaven's gates...I shudder at the thought. Sorry human we chose the amphibians instead!

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Robin

      much love...

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  7. Heads rolling like buttered bread - what a divine line :)

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Jae

      much love...

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  8. I need to revisit this book after reading your poem. Wonderful and the picture you chose is gorgeous.

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    1. Glad you dropped by Debi

      much love...

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  9. I read this by torch light under the bed covers when I was at High school. Memories !

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    1. (✿◠‿◠) Thanks for dropping in Rall

      much love...

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