The Lady of the Moor

NaPoWriMo Day 22. Today’s poem is inspired by a prompt by NaPoWriMo on day 18 which was to try to write a ruba’i which is a four-line stanza, with a rhyme scheme of AABA. Robert Frost’s famous poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening uses this rhyme scheme. Not sure how successful it is but it felt like I should try something a bit gothic so here goes

The Lady of the Moor

In the ruins on a clear winter’s night
when the moon is full and bright
it’s said there appears the ghostly sight
of the Lady of the Moor

Upon her head sits a braided crown
long silver hair flowing down
covering a near translucent gown
she searches for love that cannot be found.

‘Tis said she was the fairest maid
whose heart was broken by a callous knave
she took to her bed and then to her grave
but found no peace in either.

No shoes she wears upon her feet
and if by chance you should meet
she’ll sing to you so sad and sweet
that you will weep forever.

Many have been touched by her wintry breath
and they have followed her to their death
found frozen solid on the heath
with hands stuck fast upon their hearts.

Take heed, take heed on a cold winter’s day
as night doth fall do not stray
hurry home or you will fall prey
to the Lady of the Moor.

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