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    The night was dark and quiet –
    the village still as stone,
    when at the stroke of midnight,
    arose a dreadful groan.

    It swelled into a roaring,
    discordant, ghoulish hymn,
    as hordes of haunted gargoyles
    tore loose each shackled limb.

    They clambered down the church walls,
    now free from granite chains
    then joined their marbled brethren
    upon the cobbled lanes.

    They rattled past the saddler,
    the cobbler, and the inn,
    where terror-stricken townsmen
    stood paralyzed within.

    They clattered past the tavern,
    the alleys stacked with crates,
    then halted when they came to
    the vaulted city gates.

    Then rising from the legions,
    a winged and bearded brute
    alighted on the tower
    and spoke, no longer mute.

    “It’s time to free our kinsmen –
    to forge our own crusade
    We’ll march from Rome to Paris
    and end this cruel charade.


    And when the last has joined us
    we’ll find some sylvan glen
    far from the stone-filled cities
    and tyranny of men.

    With no one to enslave us
    and mold us to their whims,
    we’ll build our own community
    with free, unfettered limbs!”

    The marbled masses rallied;
    their cry rang through the land.
    They marched across the drawbridge
    and surged upon the strand.

    They crossed through Sorrow’s Valley
    and over Clover Hill
    then melted in the moonlight –
    perhaps
    they’re marching…

    still.

    © Randi Sonenshine 2016
    Last edited by rsonenshine; 04-10-2016, 01:50 PM.

  • #2
    I've always liked gargoyles, and this is entertaining and really well done. Kudos.

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    • rsonenshine
      rsonenshine commented
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      Thank you! I think they're quite intriguing.

  • #3
    I loved this. I'm not too fond of gargoyles - but you had me cheering them by the end. Effective!

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    • rsonenshine
      rsonenshine commented
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      Wow! Thanks!

  • #4
    A whimsical idea well set into a medieval mood... Yet thought provoking for our times. It plays like a movie for me, well done, Randi.

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    • rsonenshine
      rsonenshine commented
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      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!

  • #5
    Very well done, rsonenshine, in a style I much admire and pursue. Sort of a Spartacus for Gargoyles.

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    • rsonenshine
      rsonenshine commented
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      Thanks so much!

  • #6
    This is a enjoyable visual read, very good.

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    • rsonenshine
      rsonenshine commented
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      I appreciate the feedback. Thank you!
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