GloPoWriMo – Song 6

Molag Bal and Meridia Vie for My Soul

Man is mortal, and doomed to death and failure and loss.
Your words, your worms, twist, and I fall sick.
Your song has only just begun, and many verses still lay before you.

You grab my blade. Blood soaks the moss.
I can’t trust your words when you use them to trick.
Man is mortal, and doomed to death and failure and loss.

The rock beneath the cherry tree has been my pew.
My heart, the clock, all time, may cease to tick.
Your song has only just begun, and many verses still lay before you.

I cannot wake, can’t sleep, but toss
beneath the moss and pray the end comes quick.
Man is mortal, and doomed to death and failure and loss.

Through shade and shadow, the coward’s rue,
pierces a single sunbeam, a candle’s wick.
Your song has only just begun, and many verses still lay before you.

I bear within the ultimate cost
and pledge my deeds these souls renew.
Man is mortal, and doomed to death and failure and loss.
Your song has only just begun, and many verses still lay before you.

Daily Prompt: “write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do all three, wow!” from Na/GloPoWriMo.

Poet’s note: I took a few liberties with the villanelle form, since my first and third lines don’t rhyme. These lines were taken directly from Elder Scrolls Online. The first is one of the terrifying declarations Molag Bal delivers (in the awesome voice of Malcom McDowell!) at the end of a dolmen battle. The third line is something that Meridia says near the conclusion of the Main Quest. It could be argued that the conflict between Molag Bal and Meridia (which, in many ways, is a conflict for souls), is the driving force of the Elder Scrolls series. It probably comes as no surprise that Cat Littlebird, and myself, pledge our lives to serve Meridia!

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