Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt

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It’s the fourth week of the month! Ken Gierke selected this month’s theme prompt. On the Monday before the next challenge, Colleen will select someone to choose next month’s theme. Have fun! Today’s words are.

“FINDING CLARITY”

This week I have written a Gogyoka.

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As I crash through life

Missing chances

Breaking promises

Hoping always to discover

The one true light.

© willowdot21 2019

This is part of Colleen’s Chesebro’s Weekly Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #98 Rein&Quest

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #98 Rein&Quest

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Go now, they told  him
Her life depends on the Quest
His love knew no rein

Sword of Runes

Brave young Andrew had a goal

To be like  all the Knights of old!

So he set forth to Somerset to Glastonbury Tor

To forge a sword of magic strength to be his for evermore.

 

Forged of steel a millenia old  with a magic rune design

Smelt in the fires of an acient Smith magic and lore entwined.

His  Mother Susan the wise acompanied him on his quest

The fair Leona, faery Queen  betroved of  heart there also at his behest.

 

To hide  their high born nobleness and lofty heritage

A humble cottage  their dewilling was so with the locals they could merge.

So now we wait with excitement growing

How fairs the bold Andrew is his sword a glowing.

 

With honest sweat upon his brow

Lessons leaned from the crusty Smitthy now.

Hail brave Knight , Sir Andrew the bold

We wait, breath baited  your weapon to behold!

 

EvDaDaDec : 15/12/20 Little Mae and Polar Bear

And so  the dawn  creeps up relieving   the night of her  dark shroud .

The  sky looked as barren and empty  as  the land not  a fleck of cloud!

From out of  nowhere  came  two  visitors so beautiful  were they.

Horses  stallion and mare . They had come  to greet and  from here  to carry  the child  and Mae.

 

Polar Bear was pleased  to meet them, the Winter Queen  knew  them of old.

Mae and  the child  both  mounted  the mare  Mae  cuddled  her brother  against  the cold.

The  Winter  Queen  took to the Stallion who she rode  with pride

Her Polar  Bears unjealous trotted at  her side !

 

So they travelled across the  frozen wasteland

That was once  her home  the child with eyes  wide held tight  to her  hand.

Polar  Bear  walked  silent  behind relieved  to be on the move again

He only had one wish to return  to his  human frame

Poor Polar Bear  was once a man

He  was charged  by  his dying  king  to protect his daughter  the best he can.

The Evil  witch of the East turned him into a Polar Bear

He  very soon fell in  love  with Mae for her  he really cared.

He  spent  two years  protecting Mae before he realized his love was all for her.

 

 

EvDaDaDec : 13/12/2 Little Mae and Polar Bear

The child  suddenly  felt  the warmth of  love , it covered  him like the snow falling  from above.

He watched Mae  his  sister sleep , he  felt safe  enough to with Mae  and Polar  bear  keep.

He  heard  the Winter Queen’s bears gently  growling . He  felt love sing to him  through the winters  howling.

Comfy  nestled in Polar’s  fur  he felt  safe and without a care

Gently of a sudden  Mae  awoke  she smiled  and to the  lost child  spoke.

 

What is it little one ,you must know  what has  gone on.

Did  the Witch , you mother tell you what she had  done.

Did  she own to the killings  before  she up and fled and was gone.

You  have lost  your  father too,  do not fear I shall take care  of you.

 

Come  and  cuddle  me  and I shall sing  you a lullaby

Let us  be  happy together  no need for fear  no  need to cry.

And  so as all the others  slept Mae  sang  to her  little brother

The  two now bound in  great  sorrow  now  vowed  to help each other.

 

 

Until the morning we leave them  to sleep.

 

EvDaDaDec: Little Mae and Polar Bear

The  child  too was  sleeping , dreaming of happier  days

Remembering his  mother,  the witch, and the happy games  they’d play.

His  father looking on  with love sparkling in his eyes

He felt  safe  and happy in his mothers  arms protected by his father, wise.

Sad feeling started  creeping in , fear washing  over his skin

His  mother and father were rowing  from his cot  he could hear the din.

She  screamed I did I banished your  daughters I killed  your  wife

I wanted  your love and  now I want  your life.

His father’s voice rose to a scream you killed  my wife the mother of my girls

Yes  she replied I wanted  you and  your power ,as her head turned her hair unfurled

There followed  a mighty fight the like of  which the palace  had  never seen

At once  all stood  still as the king died  all went grey, all colour devoid no blue  no green .

The palace gone the land devastated all gone . The Witch of  the East fled

The  child was left to wander  the no mans land . His mother gone and left him for dead.

The  child  awakes  with  a start  to find he feels  safe and cosy nestling  in Polar Bear’s  fur.

Looking  across he  see Mae  sleeping in the snow , he realizes  she is his sister  and reaches out to her

EvDaDaDec :9 Little Mae and Polar Bear.

On through  the snow  they forged mile after  mile

Mae was distanced  eyes gleaming  mouth soft  in a smile.

Her  mind  drifted  back to the days before  she she and Polar  bear had to run,

Happy days  with her father  and her sister happy days full of  fun.

 

They had suffered so when mother died ,

Heart  broken they had  all cried.

Mae  has no idea  where  her sister  is

Whether  she is  dead or if  she lives.

 

All the while the child  sleeps

Polar Bear takes care of him , in  safety  keeps.

Travelling on they go

Through  the cold , the dark and the snow.

 

So for  now  lets  let Mae  sleep.

All her  dreams  and hopes inside  to keep.

Sleeping also in the land  of dreams  her little brother bound  to Mae  it seems.

 

Polar Bear is So  Good and kind  thoughts  of  Mae  fill his head .

The child  has  invaded  Polar Bear’s  mind , He now loves  the child  and forever he will treat him kind!

 

AND  SO WE LEAVE THEM ALL TO SLEEP  WE PRAY THE LORD THEIR SOULS TO KEEP.

EvDaDaDec : Little Mae and Polar Bear

The  little child  wwas  frightened  the little child was cold He only trusted Polar Bear , he clung to him with a hold

So strong  that no one, no even Mae  could break

So tired he slept on Polar’s neck, he could not stay awake.

 

The Winter Queen was curious she felt  she knew  the child

But  he would not let her near him, he screamed and just went wild.

Mae was most concerned she she could not understand why

The child trusted none of them,why it would only cry.

 

But they could  not stay there for too long

They had a quest to fulfil  they had to travel on.

There was nothing but desolation nothing growing for miles around,

No animals no flowers or crops and not even a single sound!!

 

Mae was so sad at the desolation that she saw

This was not her father’s  land , well not as it was before.

Silently  and slowly  the snow began to fall

It covered the dead landscape  and in white it shrouded our travellers all.

 

At length the child ceased crying  and fell asleep

The Winter Queen up to the child crept to have a peep.

I Know this child Mae  I am sure he is your half brother

Your father  sired him  when he and the evil witch  were lovers.

 

Polar Bear at once unsure if his  burden should  be shed

But Mae stroked his neck  and said no  my love  we cannot leave him for dead.

Polar Bear  look hard and long into Mae beautiful and kind eyes

He let the child snuggle further in  and said  I trust you Mae  for you are wise.

 

 

AND SO THEY JOURNEYED ONWARDS.

 

 

EvDaDaDec: Little Mae and Polar Bear

Mae  and Polar Bear , weary from their travels, could not believe  the sight

Together  with the Winter Queen  they had trudged on both day and night .

Where  were all the people  where are all the homes , the farms, the towns  and cities? Vanished, vanished  gone!

Tears  filled their eyes  they could not take any of this in… where was homeland …..this was  all wrong!

Mae’s  eyes burned but she refused  to cry ! Tell  me noble  Queen  how can I avenge this  wrong

Winter’s Queen , ice tears  frozen  on her cheeks turned  to Mae and said  we shall right this all bad shall we see gone.

Mount up mount  up cried  the Winter Queen  we must  find  the the wicked  witch of the East

Find  her lair, burn her, tear  her limb  from limb . She shall be stopped her face removed  , on her bones we shall feast.

They  met a child along the way,

Cold and frightened , mama mama was all he’d say.

Mae took the child and wrapped him in her cloak

Warmed the child, bodily, spiritually no words were spoke

Where are  your parents  little one

Mama gone , mama gone……………..

Hush  now child  you are safe  with us now  you will ride

She lifted  the child up onto Polar Bears  back, silently  she walked by his side.

Who could hurt the little child

Left  alone  and deserted  in the wild.

Frozen body frozen mind

This evil witch , was she this unkind

 

 

MAE  AND POLAR BEAR  STILL HAVE FAR TO GO. 

EvDaDaDec : Mae and Polar Bear

Little  Mae,once fairy.  Now  grown  back  to the beautiful  woman  she was, strode  forth  with Polar  Bear

They  were  ready  now to face  the witch of  the East . To avenge  all wrongs  ( so wicked  witch beware)

How long  they had been away Mae really could  not tell, she had  some how escaped the witches  evil spell.

Her  loyal servant  and protector Polar Bear had  never left her  side , he  had guided her and loved her , he kept her safe  and well.

 

The  Winter Queen  had warned  them  that they  were embarking on a war

The  danger they were now facing  was one hundred times  more evil than they had ever faced before.

She  promised them that she would help  as the witch of the East had  dealt her some evil blows

She  hated the East witch  for deeds that had been dealt , The Queen wanted to witness the witch in her death throws.

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Mae so dark and  the Queen  so pale,  mirrors, almost of each other

Both with Polar Bears set forth to revenge their loss, one  a father, the other her beloved lover.

So  now  we see them  setting off on a  quest of great danger  both bonded by lost love

Both determined to win, both  wanting to right the wrongs from the East to smite the witch from above!

 

AND SO THE TALE MOVES ON.

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