June 18, 2020

By Brianna Rae


The moon burned red in the deep, dark pool.

The stars gazed down in awe

As the maid strode down the ancient path,

Her fate engraved by law.


The first to rise in a thousand years,

Forced to the throne by war.

Her tears were dew upon the grass

When the royal oath she swore.


Oh, hark! And hear the river cry.

The trees begin their lay;

She knelt a maid and arose a queen,

Her freedom torn away.


The moon burns red in the deep, dark pool;

The stars begin to fade.

The queen forsakes her glistening tears;

Farewell, farewell, sweet maid.


Brianna is just a crazy college kid from northern Indiana who loves Christ first and foremost, followed by people, books, and animals. She’s been telling stories for as long as she can remember, and she wrote her first book when she was eight. It was a weird fantasy-western that will probably never see the light of the published world, but the love it spawned in her for writing is still burning strong.

Brianna also dabbles in poetry, has a passion for music, and loves to be outside in literally any weather. She’s currently majoring in English & Writing and Business Administration while pursuing minors in Psychology and Communication (and working two part-time jobs), so she has plenty to keep her busy. Most of her current writing is either school assignments, news articles for her college newspaper, or random poetry.

Connect with her on the Story Embers forum @corissa or on Instagram @author.brianna.rae.


  1. Grace Livingston

    Love it! Such a vivid picture painted with just a few words! 😍

    • Corissa

      Thank you, Gracie! I always forget how short it is, because the music for it is a little slower and makes it seem longer than it actually is. XD

  2. Hope Ann

    Storms! I love it so much!

    • Corissa

      Thank you, m’lady Storm. 😉

  3. Lily

    This was really beautiful. Thanks for sharing this, Brianna. I really enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Corissa

      Thank you, Lily! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Libby

    Wow… I’m stunned with the power and beauty of this piece <3

    • Corissa

      Aww, thanks so much, Libby! Your words are very encouraging. <3

    • Corissa

      This makes me so happy! I’m glad you found it inspiring. 🙂

  5. Olivia Catherine

    This is amazing! I could almost feel what it would be like for her, not because I’m ever gonna be a queen someday, 😉 but because there are times in life when we are forced to leave our innocence and freedom behind forever.

    • Corissa

      Thanks so much! It’s definitely a difficult balance, but I like to think that, although the loss of innocence is, to a certain extent, inevitable, it is still possible to cling to childhood wonder. 🙂

    • Olivia Catherine

      Yes, I agree with you. Innocence will inevitably begin to leave you, but even if you aren’t as naive as you once were, you can still have fun and enjoy life. Like remembering your childhood adventures and memories! 🙂

  6. Hannah

    THIS MAKES ME WANNA WRITE POETRY AGAINNN!!!!! I love how beautiful, simple, and flowing this is.

    • Corissa

      Thank you, Hannah! Maybe someday soon I’ll see one of your poems published here. 🙂

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