Spell, Bastard, Scandal, Jester & Battle


prince mine own lord wanteth


princesses wast the lady gives

she clasp the moon

and wish f’r a prince

but stepm’ther spell’d

anoth’r princess


his bethinking is like a hare


he dependeth on his back

the bastard got the f’rm’r

three broth’rs fight for throne

on the wall in private

father, fusty l’rd, look on


young l’rd ask f’r m’rcy


off’r a lot of gold in exchange

in the middle of the night

to the leadeth’r of the lombard

scandal remaineth in the chamb’r

bastard an’ther b’rn in stable


fusty l’rd stands nak’d


pricking at owneth buttock

the another young’r that gent 

imitated that gent

th’re wast nay glass between

jester on anoth’r side laughing


the battle trumpet hast been blown


the springeth is in its full col’r

that gent needeth to w’rk hard to earneth

f’r his children, f’r his wife

bef’re that gent wend to joineth the war

oh l’rd bringeth that gent home backeth


Written in Shakespearian English (few I had kept in modern English like jester and wife). The ones that are confusing and may need a stress on thoughts are:

# bethinking: Thinking

# leadeth’r: Leader

# fusty l’rd: Old Lord

# that gent: He or Him

There’s repetition of two animals in this type of illustrations (I had used two ’cause marginalia of the Medieval Manuscript, I think, is incomplete without them):

Hare: According to researchers, these timid and cowardice animals are used to depict a foolish or coward person and his never-thought or just-plunge-into action.

Snail: This is the most popular animal. According to Lilian Randall, from the British Library, the snail was a symbol of the Lombards, a group vilified in the early middle ages for treasonous behavior, the sin of usury, and ‘non-chivalrous comportment in general.’ 

National Poetry Writing Month Day#24: Ekphrasis based on the Marginalia of Medieval Manuscripts.

I sometimes write Ekphrasis so the prompt I enjoyed. But, the challenge of deciphering the marginalia and that too from Medieval manuscripts is not an easy task. But, once I wrote one, I ended up writing four more and that too in the Shakespearian English. Will be glad to know thoughts of you, readers. 

By Sangbad

A poet, an author, a reviewer--in one word I'm a literaturist (means one who is trying almost everything that Literature is made of). My books are available at Amazon. I'm a Bengali, born and raised in Kolkata, West Bengal.


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