Awaiting the Night

I wonder, as I sit here,
Humoring this fool,
Who keeps himself entertained,
With his scientific pursuits,

Should I be participating?
That musician is just as
Guilty as I am,
Strumming away as if

Nothing wrong is happening.
It’s obvious!
This fair maid is being kept
Hostage for his amusement!

We are being paid,
But she has no choice
In the matter.
And look at her!

She’s terrified!
He serves her with meat
As if a guest,
While she counts the

Seconds until he gets
Tired of his stupidity,
Sends us home,
And escorts her to

His chambers,
Where, just as she fears,
He will ravish her
With all his brutish strength.

We should stop it!
We should call the
City guards to lock him up,
And keep this sweet,

Innocent virgin
From such a sinister,
Grisly attack.
There are some things

That just should not
Be done in this world,
And having money,
Should not make it right!

 

(Magpie Tales: Mag 67 (visual)

Nicolas-Tournier—Banquet-Scene-with-a-Lute-Player)

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Author: Gordon S. Bowman III

Writer, Visual Artist, Blogger, Advocate

8 thoughts on “Awaiting the Night”

  1. Nice take on the Magpie. Like how you chose a character as the narrator, then built the story around the telling. By the way…I think you have captured the most likely scenario in this portrait. Vb

    1. Thanks, Versebender. I hadn’t given a second thought about the structure of the poem, but I’m glad it did work for you. It was just what came natural.

      Thanks again for saying a got the scenario right. I was a Humanities major in college, so maybe some of that art criticism paid off. 🙂

  2. Hi gsb3

    thanks for calling.

    I see what you mean, we both had the same idea, except that my maid was the wily one.
    Welcome to blogland, I hope to see more of you.

    1. Thanks, Friko. That’s right. I don’t give the maid a voice, but you give her life, and a good one. That’s good. I’m glad we can all read each other’s take afterward, to get other perspectives. That’s the beauty of literature.

      Thanks for the welcome. I’m looking forward to it.

    1. Well, stranger things have been done, I guess, and for less reason. Upon second thought, the city guards are probably in his pocket, so that won’t work, I’m afraid. Nothing less than a raid and rescue will work in this case. 🙂

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