La Regina della Rocce

As king and queen we ruled a rocky shore;
the sea below, its ever-restless waves
an unforgiving spume, at constant war
with shells and sand and long-lost sailors’ graves.
My lord and master ever was away,
bloodsport of battle was his chosen life.
How many times I begged him here to stay,
how many times refused; he lived for strife.
Keep watch I would along the rocky ledge
for his red lantern shining on the quay.
Alas! One stormy night I missed the edge
and plummeted into the hungry sea.
Now from the grave I tell my sorry tale,
No more my king’s return will I surveil.

© 2015 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

La Regina della Rocce

RC deWinter

Fairfield, United States

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This sonnet was inspired by “Lo Scoglio della Regina,” an Italian folk tale from Calabria. You can read it and other Italian legends of the sea “here”: http://www.swide.com/art-culture/italian-myths-...

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