Sunday, 15 September 2013

A Poem a Day (38): Castle in the Sand

Today's poem is inspired by a picture from Greta Burroughs. 
I asked for some word or idea prompts because they help me to write. Greta suggested this beautiful picture. Greta is a writer of wonderful YA and children's books, including 
Gerald and the Wee People. If you would like me to write a poem for you, please leave a word or idea in the comments. Happy reading & writing to you! :)

Castle in the sand

electric pink mists streak the blue
like pastels rubbed by unseen hands;
dolphins leap in this cerulean escape,
their curved grey backs gleaming,
shattering the still image of the moon
rising beyond where eagles fly,
stretching up, reaching to the limits,
reflected in these once still waters.

the silvery glow of the restless moon
touches the tall peaks of a castle of old
hidden by green ivy creeping its walls
majestic in its beauty yet foreboding.
the dark windows yawn open, awaiting
any strangers who walk these shores.
a thin skit of pale wet sand invites,
carpeting where a drawbridge once hid.

the ruins waste alone, but no one comes
save for the ghosts that glide by night,
searching for the souls of lovers past
until the warming hum of the waking morn.
tiny birds dive amid these rotting turrets
while spiders scurry between the floors
where once a young princess lived alone
unravelling her hair to the sands below

copyright Vickie Johnstone


  1. Beautiful, Vickie. You really captured the essence of the picture.

    1. Thanks, Greta! I love the picture. It's like a fairy globe and really inviting :)

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