poetry by j matthew waters


Princess of the skies
disobeys her father’s wishes
dancing in her emerald dress
past dawn and into dusk
perplexing an uneasy moon
with her reckless abandon
and attracting the brightest stars
who worship her every move

An impatient King issues
ultimatum to carefree daughter
who quickly rejects the rainbow prince
in favor of the northern lights
cast away on earth’s outer edges
she forever dances the night away
entrancing trillions of stars with her
grace and psychedelic beauty

february two thousand fourteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

This poem is based on “Fable of the North Pole”
and was written for dVerse~ Poets Pub
“Let’s be fabulists” Posted by Björn Rudberg in Poetics

The moral of the fable is every choice has its tradeoff,
but it’s easy to choose if your priorities in life are clear.

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25 thoughts on “Aurora

  1. What a wonderful piece of poetry.. I really like the moral of this… Aesop can be quite condemning sometimes.. I think this so much more like life itself.

  2. ah i am not one for forced love…and i am glad she followed her heart after the north stars…smiles…one of the things i would like to do in life is to see that dance…

  3. What a choice, northern lights with trillion of stars ~ Must be quite a sight ~

    Lovely take on the prompt ~

  4. Aurora, my favorite princess (Sleeping Beauty) and obviously yours too. 🙂
    Glad she’s perplexing the moon. Way to go!

  5. love this, John – she is beautifully written and you give her such vitality and movement – wonderful K

  6. A vivid poem with a great narrative. I will have lots of fun illustrating for you. 🙂

  7. I love the moral, but I’m taken by the visuals described here. This poem is beautifully written. It easily captures the wondrous natural beauty of the northern lights.

  8. Such an active image, colorful too. Love it – very well done.

  9. Beautiful poetry and made me happy that Aurora decided to follow her heart and be happy:-)

  10. What a beautiful poem for a beautiful fable! Also, thank you for the link 🙂

  11. She is my favorite too — well, her and Tiana, who made herself a princess just by deciding to do so. I would love you to write a spicy Cajun poem sometime.

    The phrase “rainbow prince” and the last line are my favorite parts.

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