Dactyl’s Lullaby

You’ll see him at night, when the moon shines its beam

Tall, gaunt, inviting, his face so serene

Oh, he’ll whisper so sweetly, kindly words shall inspire

The fickle, black beating of hearts grim desire

No eyes to his face, all the better to see

The wretched behavings of those such as thee

Burnoose’s fell strides, his hands shall embrace

The wicked, then dragged to a most fearful place

So listen up all; whores, brigands and rakes

Tread not in night when the eyeless man wakes

So tuck up to bed and shutter the moon

And pray that He leaves you to rest in your gloom

2 thoughts on “Dactyl’s Lullaby

  1. Good work!

    Was it about a specific punitive entity/force against all the wretches of the night? Warning them to keep their shame inside rather than spread it in town? Or was it creating an image of an actual killer that stalks these types of people?\

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    1. Thank you, Liggy. The poem was inspired by a novel which I am writing (will be my fifth); your former description is much more apt. The titular character, Dactyl, was a deity who was filled with such concern for chaotic human action that he asked a fellow deity to tear out his eyes to spare him pain. The deity to which he turned was Marta, the solar goddess who disdained Dactyl’s forceful interference and thus did as he asked but cursed him with endless sight-without-seeing. Upon realizing he had been tricked, Dactyl decided to pay the Sun Goddess back a thousand-fold and, after recovering from his unbound sight, realized that, with sufficient callousness, the curse was a gift, a gift by which he would utilize to bring about a earthly revolution against all the acolyte’s of Marta and thus depose Marta herself. In the novel Marta is the principal deity and Dactyl is considered a “evil” embodiment by most character’s despite the fact that Marta was the true instigator in the celestial conflict which then ensued.


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