Far from home town, I walk uncharted ground
and all I own I carry on my back.
I follow her voice, oh that most beauteous noise!
Over mountains & valleys I track
She sang “Yes, I love you & I long for you too,
so sweetheart soon return here to me.”
Don’t dally my dear, for I must hold you near.”
So I set sail across the wide sea.
How the storm wept & the waves, how they leapt
as the cold turned me white as a sheet.
Still to her I must go, this every ounce of me knows,
from my head to the soles of my feet.
The ship how it rocked & the lightning looked shocked
to see me so far from homeland.
I’d brave hurricane gale & through this storm will sail
for the tenderest touch of her hand.
I came to her shore, heard her voice call for more,
singing “Sweet kiss awaits here for thee.
You’re the air that I breathe, dearest please believe.
When you look in my eyes you will see.”
Through jungle grass long I trecked following song,
beheld bright eyes of blackest a beast.
His howl beckoned me on, snarling “Soon journey is done,
for your fate she awaits to the East.”
Past tangled ground her house finally found,
I reached out & pushed open her door.
Found her lying within, writhing naked with him,
the bright eyed beast I did greet just before.
She stared in my eyes & sang “Even beauty, she dies.
Sweetest, please close the door when you depart.”
The beast he did grin, as her words then sunk in
& as teeth tore into my heart.
Far from home town, I climbed cliff & looked down
as despairing rocks beckoned below.
For how can I journey on, when hope she is gone
& I’ve lost every truth that I know?
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