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WRITING: Poetry: Hero's Torch

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11 March 2009, 04:20 PM    #1
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Last edited by Oroborus21, 19 April 2010
this poem isn't finished...it tells the story of Hero and her lover Leander. Hero
and Leander had to be secret lovers and to get to her house, Leander had to swim
across a wide and dangerous bit of the sea (the Hellespont) in the middle of the
night when no one would see him. To guide him, Hero would light a lamp or torch and
place it on her back porch to guide him in the darkness. There plans worked well
until one stormy night the wind blew out the lamp and she wasn't able to light it.
In the stormy seas and and without a light to guide him to shore, Leander got
confused, lost his way and drowned... (Christopher Marlowe wrote a very long and
beautiful poem of this same subject) this is my infinitely poorer and shorter

Hero's Torch

Standing on the shore
Across the wide Hellespont
Naught a star in Heaven
A tempest taunts
With windy gusts
And pestering blows
Lightning flashes
And briefly glows
Upon the distant 
Shaded porch
Peering keenly o'er 
Chopping waves
That treacherous deep
Countless times 
I've braved
Guided solely
By my lover's torch

Now at last
On this occulted night
It sparkles forth
Burning bright
Oh keep the fire
High and clear
For my body's burning
For you my dear
The water's icy
Sharp and dark
But your light is strong
And it I mark

Slipping swiftly
Thinking only of you
Storming currents
Are nothing new
For we have loved
Hard and long
In times of trouble
In right and wrong
Secret lover
You've been a tower
Always constant
At this nighted hour


and i need the rest.....hmmmm

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