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once in a land faraway part 2

He saw a child crying outside his window
and went to comfort
the boy orphaned by war
then the man realised something needed to done.
As he surveyed
the desolate landscape he prayed
to the goddess of blue
she granted him of vision.
Where he’d have to choose the life of the world
Or the lover he knew.
He cried out you bitch!
You goddess of the insane!
I will not make the choice I will not be to blame.
For my lover is my heart but this world has born many souls
including mine.
What right have I to choose
which side to win which side to lose
I want to be happy.

Fraught with pain
he made his decision he overcame
he chose to solve the problems of mankind.
Preaching to them and showing them sciences
mysteries in one
stories of humanity being different but ultimately the same
Being one.
That on top of the people being tired of war
made peace the law
he sometimes wished he’d chose
the other choice.
But then he realised
he hoped he supposed he’d be able with all his knowledge
and wisdom.
That he’d be able to help her if they’d ever meet again in hades
or wherever he’d be able to save the woman he loved from the same fate.

As he died of old age
he prayed that he’d be reborn
with the wisdom of a Sage
so when he was reborn into
Hades shades
he grew to be a wise man still
but he always felt something was missing.

Until he saw a woman
she was mysterious
but he sensed her heart was pure
he was struck by her allure
so he went over to meet her.
she told him she was the Queen
of this land that stretched out to the sea.
The Citadel of tears was her residence
The sage asked why was it called the Citadel of tears?
She replied because “I have been a Queen for the longest time
but I have never found a husband to be mine,
and there is ghost in my dreams that cries
because she is lost
in a sea of sadness.
Madness her veil of midnight
hiding her face
she cries for the husband she lost
her touch is cold like the frost
in my dream.”

The Sage held her hand
kissed on the forehead
it was more than he could stand
to see a woman
clothed in pain,
he imagined her tears
falling like rain.
he said “I will pray
for a vision today
to save you from your dismay.”

When he slept
a dream crept
into his mind
of a man and a woman very much in love
but the woman was stung with a curse
her mirth was strangled
with tears
with overblown fears,
that took her life
and left him lonely
with only the wisdom
to help those around the land.
But now he had planned to save her
then the dream ended
the Sage was resolved to save the queen
to speak to the ghost
in her dreams.

So the next night
he held the Queen’s hand tight
as she fell asleep.
Hours passed,
she began to moan and weep as if in pain
he prayed he asked the goddess of blue to go into her dreams
he began to lose consciousness
and fall asleep.
In the dream the ghost was weeping
the Sage approached her
gently he asked her why she was crying
fearing her reproach.
She replied “I am lost and I have lost the one I loved
that is why I had you come and find me
now you must set me free.
I am the Queens subconscious we are the same person
and we have been waiting for you husband of mine.”
“How do I know this to be true?” asked the sage
the ghost clasped his hand and lifted her veil,
he knew her face
it was his wife from the previous life.
He didn’t notice the frost the cold of the dream was thawing melting around them
smoke was forming then licks of flame began to burn,
but he wasn’t afraid
he embraced her and kissed her wildly
flames surrounded them
touching their bodies but not hurting them
flames of passion
igniting their souls.

The Queen and the Sage woke from the dream together
knowing they were meant to be with each other for forever.

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About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.