In The Name of The Queen


Drenched in sweet moonlight yet hidden in part,

She sat on an oak tree that lived in the dark.

With a crown made of silver and a gown made of dreams,

Woven and stitched from black beads at the seams.

Alive as she was, yet dead as could be,

She watched the fair King ascend from the sea.

Swinging her legs, she forgot what's at stake

Her young, ancient soul and her King's throne to take.

Too smitten by tales that he'd spun just for her,

Her dark eyes on her moonlit skin would slow to a blur.

"For I am what is," the King told his men.

"What has been, what shall be, both now and again."

Lies spun in gold web would tangle her feet,

coaxing the Queen of the "dark" and "deceit".

For the inverted sea that split on its own,

Was never the Queen's unless it was stoned.

"Your beauty is mine," said the King in delight.

"A glow to my light and akin to my sight."

The sounds of his words surrounded her heart

Once again, the Queen was lost, she was in the dark.

The men and the women who toasted the King

Were guards to the same woman wearing his ring.

For the Queen only ruled the evil you see

With the wonder and glimmer of childlike decree.

In his wake rose white knights, while darkness would flee

But when time came to sleep, it was time for the Queen.

As folktales and songs went, 'twas time for deceit. 

Darkness fled back to claim what belonged

To it and the Queen and to those who were wronged.

Children were warned of a wrath never seen

Locks clicked in place and fear settled in.

Silence and fear, brewed evil in contempt

Seeped out in hushed whispers, free from exempt.

"In the name of the Queen!" the voices echoed

Stealing her name as she wandered meadows.

Her whispered coaxes went and sprinkled their sleep

Ridding their monsters and counting their sheep.

Her scent was like rainfall wrapped in fresh winter dew

Her hum so lulling, till dark turned to blue.

When time came to retreat behind bars of shadows

Evil dusted its hands, with pride in its show.

When asked by the Queen, her head still in clouds

Evil denied any part in the fouls.

"We did as you pleased," he lied through his teeth.

"Spread joy for the children and peace as agreed."

Tranced from the dreams that she'd woven again

She smiled as she counted from zero to ten.

The sea that lay still in its sleep so serene

Shuddered to life with the rise of the King.

Eyes void of sleep, yet somewhere far away

The Queen wakes back in up in her prison to pray

That her people would see not darkness and deceit

But see her as clearly as they saw the King.

That darkness was only the absence of light

The evil was brewed within and in sleight.

Bound by restraints, the Queen only hopes

That her men and her women won't chant but will gloat

Of the sweet, serene peace that grows in her wake.

And the night, once lost, the Queen can now take.

Syeda Erum Noor is dangerously oblivious and has no sense of time. Send help at [email protected]


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