The party arrives on Samson Isle; spirits gather and perform a song :>o (Augustus Smith was Lord Proprietor of the Scilly Isles from 1834 for over thirty years)
This week's image is 'Samson, South Hill', by Thorgrim, an excellent photographer :>)



Song of the Samson spirits

Unsettled souls, though our remains are set in stones
on North and South hill both, we are in Limbo's land;
our furies ride this little isle on blazing bones.

All travellers here shall know the reason for our groans,
the vast injustice smote on us, once peaceful band,
unsettled souls, though our remains are set in stones.

Earth's basest men oft occupy the highest thrones
and write their lofty laws in Satan's own low hand;
our furies ride this little isle on blazing bones.

The lord Augustus Smith proved one of evil's clones
on coming to our home, and that is why we stand
unsettled souls, though our remains are set in stones.

'Begone!' he ordered in his grimly pompous tones,
and from that day from Samson were our scions banned;
our furies ride this little isle on blazing bones.

We saw their streaming tears, we heard their mournful moans,
as all were wrenched away, blood spilled on pristine sand;
unsettled souls, though our remains are set in stones,
our furies ride this little isle on blazing bones.




Poetry by Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2018-09-17 at 19:27

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Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravissima! A well-wrought villanelle in alexandrines! (And how true line seven is, as we here in the USA can attest.)
2018-09-20


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Less lighthearted than usual, still brilliant.
2018-09-18


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
we hope the gentle mossops were not undone by the grim nature of the isle's spirits. we nearly were.

"Earth's basest men oft occupy the highest thrones" rings sadly, and eternally, true.

these deft and vivid poems will make a fine collection for winter's reading. we are enjoying them now, and will enjoy them again.
2018-09-18