I
literature

Industrialized Romance

eshutales's avatar
By eshutales   |   Watch
5 2 301 (1 Today)
Published: July 28, 2012
Industrialized Romance

The fog rolls in at quitting time -
Battered cap at my feet.
Five pence earned by a daily grind -
Maybe enough to eat.

Wind-up monkey on my shoulder,
Zeppelins float in the sky.
Steeples struggle to pierce the smog -
Crosses hide as if shy.

God is dead, and Darwin killed him.
Though, Nietzsche had a hand
Natural selection reigns now -
Blame it for where I stand.

Tuneless tin drum revolves once more,
Phony primate dances.
Passing children laugh, hop, and point
Dads give side-long glances.

For I am a beggar by trade -
Musician by proxy.
A fellow neither blind nor lame -
My burden is boxy.

Soon enough the song is finished,
The hat still just as light.
Time to wind down my brass monkey-
Pack it up for the night.

Street organ slung low and silent.
Steam-carriage rattles by.
Tesla-coil lamps buzz to life.
I walk on with a sigh.

Squalor mingles free with splendor-
Industry does not care.
Machines rob us of our duties,
No one hears our soft prayer.

Oh, I used to be my own man -
Graced by honest toil,
Dwelling where it was green and bright,
Strong hands worked fertile soil.

Pub brims full of men discarded-
Factories run themselves.
Dead dreams draw me into the bar,
Eulogy from top-shelves.

Automatic bartender pours -
Fine suit over copper.
Cheap whiskey burns regret away…
Enter a lady proper.

Sun-spun ringlets don't belong,
Pale skin, red lips, swan throat.
Cog-driven hands clutched parasol,
Eyes from a Byron quote.

Play a happy song, dear fellow
Silken voice tickles me.
Her smile settled at the bar-
Left me nowhere to flee.

Lash-veiled gaze fell to the organ,
Then raised sunken spirit.
Skeletal steel fingers took mine,
Life regained its merit.

Evasive were answers given-
Our names did not matter.
My clockwork song stirs her false heart-
Tick-tock, Pitter-Patter

And the globe kept spinning
Tick-tock, Pitter-patter
Recommended Literature
W
Welcome Home
MY LITTLE POEM – Ponies with Ayreon[Click here for the accompanying song]  Welcome Home Bathing in prismatic light Awaking free at last Able to move on my own, I'm back in control Only blurred memories left Glimpses of the past In my dreams I still walk the surface of Moon I saw my home From where I stood What once was my home From my thousand-year room Isolated on the Moon Locked within the abyss of time… A voice echoed in my mind A shadow reflecting life Resentful thoughts enslaved my soul, my heart How did it wish to break free Torment the world once seen How did I wish it to leave my soul, my heart Long yea
B
By Your Side, Forever and Ever
THE CANTERLOT SERIES – Ponies with Battlelore [Click here for the accompanying song]  By Your Side, Forever and Ever Greed now rules the spoils of war. Queen has set her throne on the royal hall (the ruins of the realm)… I have walked through the dark… I have fought my way out of her prison. I have witnessed the war… I have found my love wrapped in oblivion. The eldritch swarm over our world, My shining one, where have you gone? Devourer's claws hold on your heart, My shining love, where are you lost? Broken harmony, its protectors fell… Imprisoned their kin, in repressed tears (the realm of peace)…
S
Since the Days When I Was Small
THE CANTERLOT SERIES – Ponies with Amorphis [Click here for the accompanying song]  Since the Days When I Was Small It was all so exciting First time on the surface With my mother, elder queen We hunted the emotional souls First taste of emotions I swallowed the sugary love First feast on emotions I drank all of the sorrow's salt We roamed the overworld plains While relishing treats, the earthling souls' ether I dreamed of the future ahead me On the warmth of mother's lap First feast on emotions The taste of milt stayed on my tongue First taste of addiction Sugar of love and sorrow's salt We watched the sundown Since
© 2012 - 2019 eshutales
A poem I've been working on for a contest here on DA. I used to compose poems back in college. It was good to knock the rust off with this exercise.
Recommended Literature
W
Welcome Home
MY LITTLE POEM – Ponies with Ayreon[Click here for the accompanying song]  Welcome Home Bathing in prismatic light Awaking free at last Able to move on my own, I'm back in control Only blurred memories left Glimpses of the past In my dreams I still walk the surface of Moon I saw my home From where I stood What once was my home From my thousand-year room Isolated on the Moon Locked within the abyss of time… A voice echoed in my mind A shadow reflecting life Resentful thoughts enslaved my soul, my heart How did it wish to break free Torment the world once seen How did I wish it to leave my soul, my heart Long yea
B
By Your Side, Forever and Ever
THE CANTERLOT SERIES – Ponies with Battlelore [Click here for the accompanying song]  By Your Side, Forever and Ever Greed now rules the spoils of war. Queen has set her throne on the royal hall (the ruins of the realm)… I have walked through the dark… I have fought my way out of her prison. I have witnessed the war… I have found my love wrapped in oblivion. The eldritch swarm over our world, My shining one, where have you gone? Devourer's claws hold on your heart, My shining love, where are you lost? Broken harmony, its protectors fell… Imprisoned their kin, in repressed tears (the realm of peace)…
S
Since the Days When I Was Small
THE CANTERLOT SERIES – Ponies with Amorphis [Click here for the accompanying song]  Since the Days When I Was Small It was all so exciting First time on the surface With my mother, elder queen We hunted the emotional souls First taste of emotions I swallowed the sugary love First feast on emotions I drank all of the sorrow's salt We roamed the overworld plains While relishing treats, the earthling souls' ether I dreamed of the future ahead me On the warmth of mother's lap First feast on emotions The taste of milt stayed on my tongue First taste of addiction Sugar of love and sorrow's salt We watched the sundown Since
Comments2
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
elphieofkiamoko's avatar
elphieofkiamokoHobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic. =w= I'm jealous. I can't write poetry for the life of me.
eshutales's avatar
That is very kind of you to say, thank you!
©2019 DeviantArt
All Rights reserved