the wild man of the darkening cried
treading softly with startling care
in this waning night
a beast so rare
retreating from the coming light
with the silver prize cut
from a maiden’s hair
as his bronze struck true,
“I’ll gladly give you more, but stay.”
“See how the coming sun announces day?
See how the shimmering moon beckons?”
and was away.
Painting: “To Pleasure a Prince,” Alan Ayers, original artwork, 2004.