Tale by moonlight



We gathered outside my mother's finest hut,
waiting for our night story,
as everyone is a partaker,
and sleepless as we are,curious to begin,

shabby rooftops roughened by ages,
and moonlight beamed from above,
in circle,we sat in desperation,
tearing our hearts for grand mother

She dangled into our midst,
and draged her walking stick,
in attention we stared in silence,
crickets whistled from around,

Sending us into misery of fear,
when she titled the tale,
''Tortoise in the den of horror''
she butress our fragile hearts

And the harder...the moon shoned brighter,
as scary as we expected the horror,
when we freezed in cold of a new dawn,
and she lastly took us to bedtimes,with her loving,
lullaby,

Cooled dews began to drizzles down,
like a haze in the harmattan,
splashed on the forests,
and the tale touched on with smile,
from granny's best stories.

We shut the wee door from visiting guests,
of un-wanted creeps of disgust,
our quiet home of African tale by moonlight.
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Submitted by Bossmanas on August 04, 2014

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Scheme XAAX XXXB XXXX XXBX BBXXX XXXXX XXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 951
Words 171
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 3

Dumka Vincent

I am a lover of poem.I love to read and write and my first letter was addressed to my headmaster,requested that he assist my mother to pay off my school exammination fee.At the age 6 years,I had already started writing my short story books.But though,some life experiences had also contributed towards my continuous effort to face the challenges of life.I had written series of prose,articles andwith my little experienced poetry is part of my whole life,when I sing in poetry,speak in poetry,settle scores in poetry,discuss in poetry etc.My dedication towards poetry out of my utmost concern is to be Known for my credibility,participatory efforts in my personal achievement and divine from God.Poetry is part of my life.May poetry.com live on (Dumka Richard Vincent.L more…

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