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    E.B. Raulands

    This is a poem I started last week based on the characters in Shakespeare’s Othello. It’s a little long (56 lines), but I hope you enjoy it!

    The Ode of Desdemona
    Written on her marriage to Othello

    So now it is done; small thing to say here,
    Most joyous of days and blessed of my years!
    To stand thus with you while the sun and moon
    Swing in the sky to the singing bells’ tunes
    Striking the hour from which forever roll
    Visions of Love: a child, a man, a droll
    Grandsire surveying his grandest conquest!–

    Who could have known what would blossom and grow
    From those little seeds we gathered and sowed;
    The smell of the sea was in you when he
    (My revered father) petitioned to see
    You at our table, and hear of the world
    So we could see it before us unfurled;
    This you did, and with such deft, subtle skill,
    I swear natives danced on the windowsill.
    From the first glance we shared, you were my Love;
    A match that was made in heaven above
    Could never be more perfect than this one
    Fated for us; we have fought for and won
    Our sweet spoils; we belong to each other;
    What man could ever tear us asunder?

    It’s confessed, even by Italy’s fools,
    Yours is the mind of a soothed evening’s cool,
    Unperturbed by foe or slanders of night,
    For Diana’s stars are your guiding lights;
    But I was born beneath Apollo’s glow,
    Versed well in words and societal shows
    Which jewel those gentle who woo and adore
    Yet curse the love of Venetians and Moors.
    So midnight is dark when daylight is fair
    (Did these ever care for men’s haughty airs?);
    Sunrise and moonbeams make perfect days whole,
    And we have become one pure, sacred soul;
    Such celestial unions wed on earth
    Transcend life’s vile and ephemeral mirths!

    Quick wits with wisdom, strength bulwarked by youth
    Shall warrant against the Serpent’s black tooth,
    His sulphur-like malice shot from his foul eye,
    And his lolling clipped tongue strangled with lies;
    Though all hell conspire, their flames shall be drowned
    By Love’s vast seas which encircle us round,
    And when the swift current sweeps us to land,
    Our ocean shall wash upon golden sands.
    We’ll gather bright children into our arms,
    Sun-kissed and blessed with the best of our charms:
    Sharpened minds with chaste hearts free from the falls
    Of mortal men; they shall rise above all,
    Sons of God above, angels here below;
    ‘Tis what I pray, I dream, I hope, I know!

    –But this small moment with you is the best;
    Such phantoms appease, yet they’ll never feed
    My heart like this minute, deaf to the needs
    Of dead deities or marches of chimes;
    Our lives are not shackled by chains of time!
    As we were, we are; as we are, we’ll be;
    Love is eternal, like waves of the sea.

    To the glory of God and for the advancement of His kingdom.


    @e-b-raulands Wow, that’s a great poem! I’ve never thought of writing a poem from a character’s point of view from a Shakespearian play. (I must say, however, Othello is my least favorite play of Shakespeare! 🙂 )

    Good job on this!

    E.B. Raulands

    Thank-you so much!
    I didn’t like Othello very much either, although I must also confess *sheepishly looking through fingers* that I only read the Cliff Notes for Othello and not the play itself.

    To the glory of God and for the advancement of His kingdom.


    @e-b-raulands Oh, okay. 🙂

    Andrew Schmidt

    e-b-raulands *claps hands* Great poem!

    "Muhahaha!"- Unknown Villain

    Andrew Schmidt

    @e-b-raulands, oops, I did your tag wrong.

    "Muhahaha!"- Unknown Villain

    E.B. Raulands


    Thank-you so much!!  🙂

    To the glory of God and for the advancement of His kingdom.

    Andrew Schmidt

    @e-b-raulands, you’re welcome! 🙂

    Some people who’d want to see your poem which I know of: @the-fledgling-artist, @nuetrobolt, @wordsmith, @jenwriter17, @mariposa, @catwing, @carolyn-matthews.

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    Carolyn Matthews

    @andrew thanks! @e-b-raulands it was pretty awesome! the rhythm was hard to catch at first, but it really put pictures in my head! nice job, it rocked!

    A God-fearing, singing beast who loves to escape into the pages of her stories whenever possible

    E.B. Raulands

    Thank-you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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    To the glory of God and for the advancement of His kingdom.

    The Fledgling Artist

    @e-b-raulands Good job! I was tempted to only skim read because of the length but I’m glad I read the whole thing. Very well done.

    "Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."


    @e-b-raulands great poem!

    Your story is yours and no one else's. Each sunset is different, depending where you stand. -A. Peterson

    E.B. Raulands

    *laughs* It is rather lengthy, isn’t it? (In hindsight, I probably should’ve broken it up into smaller poems and posted them as a series.) In any case, I’m very glad you read and enjoyed it! 🙂


    Thank-you very much! 🙂

    To the glory of God and for the advancement of His kingdom.

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