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The Unicorn, Protector of Good -revision see final revision at Unicorn

 

The winter moon

echoes off her pale form

and beams light into darkness

where violet eyes

scan for threats against her charges.

Silently she picks her way

through forest undergrowth

where soft earth cushions

diamond hoofs.

 

From the tip

of her horn stardust

twists into the evening air

carrying xenias for the wise

while sapphires woven

into her mane

flirt with the night.

 

Unbridled,

she runs free across

the meadow of imagination,

silken tail held high,

a queen's standard.

Kings court her

yet she follows the lead of a child.

------------- --- Judi Van Gorder

 

 

 

 

This is one that is a little out of my element, something I have never attempted before... and no it is not an assignment and not an example of a verse form just a crazy thought.

 

The Unicorn

 

The white of her equine form catches

the reflection of the winter moon

and brings light into darkness.

 

Silently picking her way

through the forest undergrowth,

the soft earth cushions

her diamond hoofs.

Woven into her mane

saphires wink

and from the tip of her horn

magic dust twists into the breeze,

she brings xenias for the wise.

 

Her lashed eyes search,

ever alert for new threats

agaiinst her charges,

those children who try to be kind

and are mindful of others,

she protects the good.

 

Unbridled

and running free across

the meadows of imagination,

her silken tail is held high

like a queen's standard

blowing in the wind,

only a child can lead her.

------------- ---Judi Van Gorder


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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JoelJosol

I would like to demonstrate my reading of this beautiful poem, by writing how I read it in my head:

 

The light from the winter moon

bounces off her form,

into the darkness.

 

Sapphires sparkle in her mane,

magic dust swirling

in her horn.

 

She picks her way

through the forest undergrowth,

her hoofs of diamond silent.

 

Eyes search for threats

against her charges.

She, protector of the good.

 

Unbridled, she runs

across meadows of imagination,

her silken tail held high.

 

But she will follow

the lead of a child.


"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Tinker

Oh Wow Joel... Written with the efficiency and the fluid rhythm that comes so naturally to you. You made my poem yours.. I love it. I get what you are demonstrating and I agree totally now the challenge is to edit mine and still keep it mine. Thanks...

 

~~Tink


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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tonyv

And now, my reading icon_rolleyes.gif :

 

 

Her white refracts the light of the snow moon.

The silence of dark treetops drizzles down

through sleeping arbors, mats the forest floor,

and crackles under diamond hooves. Her mane

glows in the sapphires of a firefly feast!---------------------(ripped off from Rony)

and magic dust, like pious incense, twirls--------------------(ripped off from Keats)

from the bold tip of her horn!

-----------------------------Wise are wise

to heed: for she brings xenias to their table;

children are out of need, for she's not bridled,

tethered, corralled or cramped in any stable!

and if they're kind and mindful, they will be

her charges.

-------------Held high, like a dream queen's standard

in the wind, her tail flies proud and free.

 

 

(Okay, what's not "borrowed" from Keats or Rony is "borrowed" from you, Tinker.) icon_pirat.png

 

This seems to be a poem written for children, so perhaps my IP version might not be the most suitable form ... (unless, of course, it's intended to be a bedtime story! :P)

 

Tony


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Tinker

Oh my, Who knew my poem would inspire another version, this one has a more formal appeal, classic and poetic... very you Tony. I hadn't really thought about it before but I could recognize the poet the style of the poem and this one is very you Tony. I love some of the images...

 

"snow moon" "crackles under diamond hoofs" and thanks Rony and Keats, "firefly feast" and "like pious incense,"

 

I am still working on my rewrite... you gave me another approach to explore, thanks Tony.

 

~~Tink


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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badger11

I didn't think this was for a child audience Tink because of the diction used.

 

Perhaps a more formal approach would be appropriate for the fantasy genre?

 

I can't really decide if adorning the poem with more poetic description or creating the 'magic' with simplicity would be the right direction. Then perhaps it is a matter of balance rather than exclusion (the intended audience may shape the poem either way).

 

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Tinker

Thanks badge, Great minds.... I was thinking much along the same lines. First thing I have to do is decide my audience and then stay focused. It is a fantasy poem and when I began that was all it was. Then as I tried to create an image for "protector of the good" I kind of fell into a children's poem mode... I began thinking of my 5 year old granddaughter Allexa who can be very good (student of the month on more than one occasion) but then as her mother says, sometimes becomes the evil one. icon_evil.gificon_lol.gif I didn't really intend it to be a children's poem.

 

Anyway I have already decided, especially after reading Joel's version, I need to clean it up, I am way too wordy here. You are exactly right, I need to balance some of my verbosity with the fairy land fantacy and clean execution.

 

I am still stumped on the "protector of the good" image.

 

~~Tink


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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rhymeguy

I hope you don't mind I made a few subtle changes- not necessarily improvements. I enjoyed all three versions offered here and saw them as quite different works. I think yours told a most decriptive and beautiful story that gives enough without giving too much. The changes I made were more related to punctuation and I removed a word or two. I moved V4 and made it V3 and moved V3 into 4th postion and changed a few words in that verse. This is a little awkward for me. I don'y usually mess around with other peoples stuff. I feel like I just went into your house and threw out some of your stuff then rearranged your furniture. If I am out of line please slap me around a little icon_biggrin.png

 

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The white of her equine form catches

the reflection of the winter moon

and brings light into darkness.

 

Silently picking her way

through the forest undergrowth,

the soft earth cushions

her diamond hoofs;

woven into her mane

sapphires wink;

from the tip of her horn

magic dust twists into the breeze;

she brings xenias for the wise.

 

Unbridled, running free

across the meadows of imagination,

her silken tail held high,

a queen's standard

blowing in the wind

 

Her lashed eyes search,

ever alert for new threats

against her charges:

children, kind and mindful of others.

Protector of the good;

guided by a child.

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Tinker

Rhymeguy, Thank you for chiming in... I think it is great to see other's rewrites of my poem. You aren't stealing it and posting it as yours, you are changing it to your perspective as a help to me to see my poem from different eyes. This really helps me when rewriting, because I see how much of what I wanted to communicate gets communicated and I see where I may mislead the reader so I can work at redirecting the thought to where I meant it to be.

 

Interesting that you reversed the last 2 strophes.. Now that had not occurred to me and could be the answer to my quandry with the protector o fthe good image. Thanks.

 

~~Tink


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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Lake

Tinker,

 

Unicorn is an auspicious symbol in my culture and I think it's only you who can write such a poem on this forum. It's so pure, has a sacred feel to it. I believe a hundred people will write a hundred different poems on this. So whatever edits you'd do, keep your own voice. Yes, the last line "only a child can lead her" just ended perfectly, methinks.

 

Best,

Lake

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waxwings

The poem is attractive but a bit on the poeticism side. I'll say more tomorrow.

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Tinker

Thanks Lake, I intend to keep the poem mine, but I love the ideas I have gleened here. I have already rewritten the first part but still need some quiet time to work on the last 2 strophes. I intend to keep the last line.

 

I look forward to reading you thoughts waxwings.

 

~~Tink


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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tonyv

I prefer this more compact version over the first, Tinker. From the discussion in the topic, I can see that the part about the unicorn's interaction with the child is an essential element for the poem:

Kings court her

yet she follows the lead of a child.

I especially like how you handled that aspect it in the revised version.

 

Tony


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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