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"Mirion" by Brian Buckley

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Mirion is a made-up name; it has no significance besides sounding good to my ears. Hey, this is fantasy, right? Anyway, I'd say this poem leaves quite a bit open to interpretation on the reader's part. What do you think about it?
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Blue twilight rolls beneath the hill
The hour is late; the air is still
Atop the grassy crest there sits
A boy, whose young and eager wits
Strain curiously through the trees
At hints of lights he thinks he sees
And there he sleeps until the dawn
Beside the lake in Mirion.

The grasses sway and sighing bend
Before the cool and growing wind;
He sleeps. His dreams may wander wide
Across the newborn planetside
But deathless doubt forever flows –
The night is deeper than he knows –
A starbird wavers, then moves on
Beside the lake in Mirion.

A vast and bleak nocturnal chill
Yet pours down from the mindless will
That sets all life beneath its own:
The forest and the barren stone.
The warning lights behind the trees
Still broadcast their unspoken pleas
But desperately – and blades are drawn
Beside the lake in Mirion.

The morning comes, serene and red
And from a green and matted bed
The child awakes; he yawns and stands
He rubs some heat into his hands
The world has not yet ceased to be –
Still bright for all that he can see –
And off he goes, where death has gone
Beside the lake in Mirion.

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26 Oct 2003:-) A.R. George
This is great, Brian! Really ominous and mysterious, effortless meter (of course; I particularly enjoyed how you fit a word like 'curiously' into the rhythm), and definitely open to interpretation.

I'll tell you mine for interest's sake - I gained the impression that the boy has crept out of his hometown or village to sleep under the stars, and his home is destroyed while he's gone. I can't quite account for a 'newborn planetside' within my explanation, though. Have to think on it. 12 Fantastic poem!

:-) Brian Buckley replies: "The meaning of the poem was somewhat vague, I agree, but you pretty much nailed it all the same. Basically I imagined a boy who's gone off on his own, as children do, and is enjoying nature. The lights he's so curious about, though, are actually warning signals for his land (country, village, whatever) that an enemy is coming. While he is dreaming (the "newborn planetside" was intended to be the landscape of his dreams, childish and excited) his home is being destroyed. The next morning, he wakes up and continues his life as normal, still unaware of what has happened. That was what I was thinking as I wrote it, but as you say, there are of course many possible interpretations."
18 Oct 200945 Moria
Hm... At first I thought this said ’Minion’...
Ah well.
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 • Created by: :-) Brian Buckley
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 • Keywords: Battle, Boy, Child, Hill, Lake, Lights, Mirion, Starbird
 • Categories: Fights, Duels, Battles
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