For today’s blog I have decided to make a return to Lion Hearts and another poem for the coming tour.
Rapture is a bitter sweet story of sensuality that finds its raison d’être from the Lion Hearts essay Departure.
For those unfamiliar with Lion Hearts, I will quickly fill in some gaps. We have two lovers, parted by war and distanced by miles, they battle winter with lonely hearts and by spring are reunited.
But after a summer of wonderful memories, the sands ebb and war calls once more. Our lovers embrace, their moments racing, night tripping toward new light. Dawn will bring a departure, and another season of missing.
Extracts from the Essay
But for the grace of days in turning, such memories should be lost. Yet now, I would stop time in sacrifice of morning, and all for the preservation of a moment. I yearn once more the passion of night’s glory and the crush of ardour before lust.
I challenge the sun, transient before dawn, to sink from the heavens and I charge the moon to muster the stars. But I command not the heavens – and the cruel truth of light casts shadow most felt.
Oh the light through cloud doth wither,
Upon these tears this shadow clings.
Yet moon in shine with silver slither,
Your hope my sword, your love my wings.
And for my heart, mourn not the morrow,
Of season past, these days in yearn.
While blaze this love, I know not sorrow,
Your kiss, your touch, your hold in turn.
Now sweet this crush, two lips in calling,
In twist with grace and brush while blow.
Then rise to heave as waves in falling,
As tide meet tide and passion flow.
Rapture stirred, in flame and burning,
Then whispered words so softly meet.
Beating hearts and gaze in turning,
The warmest smiles, so honey sweet.
Yet onward now these moments hither,
These ebbing sands while fools as kings.
Still the light through cloud doth wither,
Still these tears, and shadow clings.
The poem, like the essay on which it is based, carries far deeper metaphor than that found on the surface – but I plan to leave the digging to your will, as you may see no reason to stretch further than that which lays at the surface.
As you might expect from a Lion Hearts piece, its sensuality is in no way corrupt by exposure to lewd phrase. I prefer the romance of obvious but carefully seductive lines that lap gently in tease. For me, the course tumbling of the crude and the obvious somehow removes the romantic essence of the scene.
I am not the biggest fan of the ACBD rhyming scheme (the first and third and the second and fourth lines rhyme). For one, it can lead to the rhythm becoming somewhat predictable. But sometimes it just fits, and this is a piece than needed a wave to carry lines in rise and fall of its delivery.
Rapture can be as deep or as shallow as you wish, but I like most the essence of a breathless moment caught between lovers, two hearts in blaze and never to be parted. But then I am a romantic with a love of happy endings!
Rapture will be performed by myself and my writing partner, Maree Ward Russell, on the coming Lion Hearts tour this autumn. For more information about Lion Hearts see http://www.lionhearts-crusade.com/ To link up with Maree see http://www.mwrussell-books.com or follow @mibbymw on Twitter