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8th July, 2000 | 20:10 – 20:25

A Nightingale
singing in a night-of-gale,
shrouded under a purple, pale sky.

‘Tis centuries, but
she still sings
melodious tunes
under the
same, still silvery,
yellow moon.

Shrill, yet sweet,
the themes are different though.

She sings
not of fearsome forebodings,
nor of superstitious stigmas,
nor of rapes, nor adultery,
nor suspicious scarfs,
nor of murders, treachery, or
swollen, stinking, secret coffins –
hidden under seven showelfuls of soil-
but rather, her
sad, soulful songs, sing of mourning.

Her songs sing of surrounding sorrows.


The reference made in the poem is to the Greek myth of Philomela and Laüstic, a Breton lai by the medieval French poet Marie de France.

The image used can be found at the following link: http://www.mmdtkw.org/RomeShak404-PhilomelNightingale.jpg

Thanks for the perfect image! 🙂