The Moon Clavier

 

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The Moon Clavier

She hung her heart on the clothing line
To drip the tears and let the pain air-dry
The moon shone silver absorbing the shame
And soothed her to sleep by singing her name

 

Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

 

He saw the heart hangin’ and thought it was free,
Yanked it and tied it to the sweetgum tree
In the darkest of night, serenaded with lies
Sang gales of freedom while knotting the ties

She felt the pain when she awoke
When blade cut through with one swift stroke
Her heart called out from the sweetgum tree
When split in half by the sword of the sea

 

Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

 

She rose and stared with two sides bleedin’
Still, he said, he’s all she’d be needin’
To sew it up and make all right again
She followed him on then, the eye-patched man

For a while, yes, she believed the tale
And sewed wounds up but love grew stale
Following herself, like chasing one’s tail
No compass to guide her, circular trail

 

Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

 

Wake up sister, no more, no more,
The stars joined in to plead her to shore
Your soul is free as well as your heart
Grasp your life in hand and quickly depart

Leave now, dear one, just get on out
The stars sang louder, began to shout
Afraid of losing another heart once free
With initials carved into the sweetgum tree

 

Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know…
she fell asleep and never did know.

 

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This piece is being shared for a ballad poetry prompt for tweetspeakpoetry.com. (I actually wrote this ballad in 2011.) Click the link to read more submissions or to submit your own. Poke around the site for some great poetry resources!
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