Mighty the Wizard/ Who found me at sunrise Sleeping, and woke me/ And learn'd me Magic! Merlin and the Gleam ~ Tennyson
You ascribed it to allure
yet you it was who lured us
over bold, bare mountains with phantasy
and promises of spellbound visions
I, bewitched by nightly whisperings
and Romanesque expression
blushed and begged
more magic before the candle guttered
and wax went cold
Making photoart out of Henry Moore's 'King & Queen' & some MAGIC in just 44 words (excluding Tennyson quote) for Linda's Quadrille @dversepoets
34 thoughts on “Merlin”
I like your description of those “nightly whisperings” bewitching you.
It is the bewitching hour
‘More magic before the candle guttered
and wax went cold’- This is such a stunning line!
Thank you Linda and for the prompt
Ah, you have been sucked in to the magic spell!
Possibly but what where and with whom?
Haha, who knows. My boyfriend was watching a show on HBO the other night all about robots and artificial intelligence. The picture on your post made me think of that.
a far cry from the Arthurian legend of Merlin and this poem ;()
The thought of magic burning out and turning into cold wax is a sobering thought
All good things come to an end or so they say
Yes, an artful rendering of the prompt, and your last line is beyond killer.
I like that – thank you!
Merlin is my favourite wizard of all time, Laura, and I enjoyed the trip over the mountains of myth and legend. Candles are so important when casting spells.
He met his match here with Morgan le Fey
I like the word phantasy and what it implies.
“Phantasy an imaginative activity which underlies all thought and feeling”
Interesting and magical
The rise and fall is echoed in your words. (K)
I like this piece a lot. So mystical! The last three lines are absolutely killer. Awesome writing!
I’ve just rescued your very nice feedback from the spam folder – so many belated thanks for that
I’m glad you rescued! I wonder why it ended up there. Puzzling. Anyway, you’re very welcome!
Akismet is not foolproof unfortunately 😉
Love the feel of this and the last
two lines are excellent!
many thanks Pat – endings are so important!
So good this. I like the Tennyson reference and how you’ve captured (in this small form) Morgana’s desire (for love, for magic, for knowledge), his dissembling and withholding and her frustration (and everything that flows from it) – hinted in the terrific last line.
Your interpretation shows a deep understanding for what goes on here both at the mythical and personal level. Excellent feedback – thank you!
The extension of the trope “the candle guttered” with the wholly original “wax went cold” just sent chills down my spine.
now that’s the magic of words!
Captivated by this line specially: I, bewitched by nightly whisperings. Lovely share!!!!
many thanks Grace
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