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The Collector

A trophy on a shelf
Floured in dust
Spider web’s lace
Drifting in a draught

Ensnared by
Don Quixote dreams
Dulcinea languishing
In visions of windmills

A heart beating slow
A pulse barely there
The twinkle gone
Rust settling in

Held in chains of
Forever after

Dark blood
From a wound
Too small to see

Legs dangling
Over the abyss
Heart on a string
Breathing ever slower

By broken promises
By black and white

King Arthur dreams
Guinevere longing
For the boat to Avalon

A trophy on a shelf
Rarely taken down
Chained to the wall
Painting shadows.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

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Something that’s been going round in my head…

See my illustration Shelved which is on a similar theme.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniover 3 years ago

    very well expression ….in .‘The Collector’…

  • Thank you so much Basant. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 3 years ago

    As I read the title, straight away images collected in my mind, of “The Collector” (and old film starring Terance Stamp), who started by collecting butterflies, then moved on, to a young woman.
    Anyway – intriguing writing Sybille. Fairy tales and Romantic fiction – no comment. I have only ever read two romantic fiction books – one at least 40 years ago and one quite recently. On reading the 2nd I knew why I hadn’t read any in between!!! But people make money spinning these yarns!

  • LOL Thank you so much Lindsay. I am not a great fan of romatic fiction, however, I like stories about King Arthur, fairy tales and Don Quixote. The latter because it’s such an amusing and clever story. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    well written the words create a tumbling feel !!Liz

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 3 years ago

    Perhaps I should clarify that remark – I was thinking of Mills & Boon!! I also like King Arthur fables and similar, and have been known to read Historical Romances!!!

  • LOL I don’t like Mills & Boon either – too predictable and the same (rather oldfashined and ‘unfeminist’) frame story each time. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 3 years ago

    wonderful poetry

  • Thank you so much Boo. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    so feel your words. sometimes…its as though they are in my mind too. love this verse especially:
    A trophy on a shelf
    Rarely taken down
    Chained to the wall
    Painting shadows.

    amazing write. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOOX

  • Thank you so much. I think it’s a feeling many people share. LOL xoxoxxoxoxxoxoxoxxo ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much VampVamp. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 3 years ago

    King Arthur dreams
    Guinevere longing
    For the boat to Avalon”

    oh how I adore this stanza and the idea of a boat to Avalon,

    stunning ink xxx

  • Thank you so much Lisa. :-) I am a great fan of Arthurian legends and that came up in one of the stories I read (although it may have been in a fantasy anthology…). xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

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