A Thief’s Tale

September 13, 2016

Stalking silently through
Back alleys as dark as sin…
Her aim was always true,
Her dagger, cruel and thin.

No ordinary cutpurse,
She answers to no man.
A conscience is her curse,
The damned are her clan.

Beneath a morning mist
She took one life by mistake.
With death her blade kissed:
A child’s life she did take.

Now she roams, eyes shut,
Burdened still by her guilt.
Deeper than blades may cut,
Her fate now seems to tilt.

With each life she steals
Another soul’s recompense.
True natured, this reveals:
Her final duty is defence.

Driven by her undying pain,
Now only evil shall be slain.

MSBQ

The 6th House

August 7, 2016

Another traveller awaits us,
Wandering nude in fields of wheat
With dark, charcoal skin and eyes
Like mercury: silver and deadly.

This one is careful, knowing
What you will ask before you do:
Her wisdom in all things is
Unmistakably sound.

This daughter of Apollo has
Appeared in a thousand tales
In a thousand lifetimes, but
None of them do her justice.

With her return, she heralds
A new golden age of peace.

MSBQ

The 5th House

August 6, 2016

A fanfare of trumpets
Announces the next traveller
And his regal arrival, as he is
Carried in upon a throne.

This sign fancies himself king
Over his brothers and sisters,
But in truth, he’s ruled by only
One: the sun itself.

His attendants revolve around
Him, he rarely leaves his seat.
With golden crown perched high,
He sits fixed to reign long.

While he may be a false king,
His warmth shines out into space.

MSBQ

The 4th House

August 5, 2016

As our next traveller arrives,
She smells strongly of the ocean
And carries an épée; she wears
Only a bright orange dress.

Though she dislikes strangers,
If you tell her a good joke, she’ll
Smile like a crescent moon
And call you a friend.

But be warned: this one lives
On the beach like a hermit, even
The other signs are guarded
Around her quick temper and steel.

She will tell you goodbye, but
Won’t leave until morning.

MSBQ

The 3rd House

July 11, 2016

Out of thin air, they arrive.
Twins run in this household,
And as these come forth, it is
Clear that they cannot decide.

What they can’t decide upon
Is which of them is smarter,
(A dangerous question) but if
They ask you, DO NOT answer.

This partnership is unique:
While it may seem to divide,
They are stronger together…
There’s a lesson to learn in that.

A couplet in physical form, they
Dance away towards the horizon.

MSBQ

The 2nd House

July 11, 2016

Approaching from the sea,
Our next traveller wades in
From his island home, horns
And hooves shining in the sun.

A practical creature, it is not
Prone to speaking aloud. He is
Proud but not boastful, truly an
Independent thinker of his time.

With each hoof imprinted in
The sand, a coin purse jingles;
He does not seem to feel like
Sharing in his king’s ransom.

A perfect sign of ambition, he’ll
Reign with two curved horns.

MSBQ

Surrender

July 6, 2016

The surface of the lake
Looked as placid as glass
As it reflected the late
July noon back at itself.
His parents had said that
They could swim there
As often as they liked,
But each time he waded
Out into the murky green
Waves, his heart told him no.

He recalled, later, how his
Biggest fear had always been
Feeling something alive
On the bottom of the lake,
Limp arms like tentacles
Grasping his legs, dragging
Him down into the darkness.
“Come on out, Timothy,”
His older brother called
From the anchored dock.
He did not want to seem
That he was afraid, so he
Held his breath and leapt.

Looking upwards, the many
Ripples on the surface above
Shimmered endlessly, making
A living sky of gold and green…
As they pulled his body out,
His eyes were still open in
Eternal wonder and awe.

Ninety seconds later,
He coughed up the water
From his desperate lungs.
He would live on. However,
That brief moment of pure
Tranquillity, looking up at
The rainbowed surface,
Would remain with him
To the end of his days.

MSBQ