Monday, November 2, 2015

Novembre

Born with a Fleur-de-lis birthmark,
I said, "De la paix du ciel, 
je suis venu pour la guerre."

Lamb, lioness, God's own girl.

Now, in autumn,
I light candles for those I pray for,
and dance on the graves of the rest.

A strong heart waits for you,
My Love,
here in my body's dust.
_____

A 55 for Kerry.

"De la paix du ciel, je suis venu pour la guerre." = "From the peace of Heaven, I have come for the war."

 

19 comments:

brudberg said...

Trés bien... Jeanne d'Arc probably didn't intend to lead into the war...

Pink Rook said...

I love this line: "Lamb, lioness, God's own girl." ... And the way the French sounds when read aloud.

Mama Zen said...

Damn this is gorgeous.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

The ending here is quietly powerful. Loved. Mosk

Outlawyer said...

Lovely lovely, Shay--really fierce. k.

Susan said...

Totally perfect and stunning.

hedgewitch said...

Everything admirable, magickal, strong and bright about the female spirit is shown here, and that quote of Jehanna's is sonorous and beautiful. I know she is one of your heroes, and I think it is for all the right reasons, even if like Cassandra, she was given no credence and betrayed by those for whom she did the most.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is perfect. "A strong heart waits for you, My Love...."

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

tres tres bon !

TexWisGirl said...

your souls have such vim and vigor and lust for life (or death).

Sioux said...

I loved the "dancing on the grave" image.

And I've never heard Susan Boyle's version of that song. Lovely.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

'Lamb, lioness, God's own girl' – what a great line!

I didn't know that was a quote from Joan; thank to the commenters for enlightening me.

Margaret said...

What is your favorite book version? Mark Twain? I've always been fascinated with her and am reading Twain's version right now as you reminded me I have it. "Mark loves it best of all his books, because he loved Joan". Anyway, your poem is beautiful and the conflicting elements remind me so much of the attributes of November itself!

Margaret said...

And I loved the song. She's an inspiration too!

Gillena Cox said...

An angel of light here to recover earth for heaven, white a mission dear, fine write

Much love...

Lynn said...

Beautiful, Shay!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am so glad I didn't miss this exquisite 55! You know how to pack a lot of emotion into a few lines.

Ella said...

You sure do pack it in! I love your ending and I know a few granite stones worthy of dancing on~

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

It's been a while since I've visited here, but I'm so glad I did. I'll be back. Your poetry always zings me, makes me feel something.