The Twilight Princess and the Shadow Bard

“Sing to me,” the Twilight Princess entreats,
and the Shadow Bard begins with a smile.
At the sound of his voice, sadness retreats,
for his scintillant words her heart beguile.

Her voice joins his in the still forest air:
a music of evening by starlight kissed,
when sung together growing still more fair,
an enchanting melody in the mist.

With dawn their duet reluctantly ends;
children holding hands awaken and rise.
Daylight to the legend no semblance lends;
an ordinary world greets their doleful eyes.

Yet Neverland the fair duet redeems,
for its twilight music returns in dreams.

©2017 Bill Hazelrig

This sonnet is a revised version of a poem which I tweeted on 8/21/2017 in response to 5 poetry prompts (#DimpleVerse #lionsighs #AugustFalls #BeautizmLove & #TLPoetry). My original tweet ended at 3 stanzas, with the final line of the third stanza serving the function which is now served by this sonnet’s final couplet: to redeem the joy and hope of the children’s dream (“but a joyous dream still touches their eyes.”).

Author: Bill Hazelrig

Recovering workaholic, IT geek, once and present poet. Words are very important to me. I try always to wield them with sincerity and in the service of light.

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