Author Topic: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby  (Read 3016 times)


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A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:47:01 pm »
I feel the ladies of the forum may not fully appreciate my sensitive side. Um, not that way, thank you very much, I see quite clearly just how much you think about THAT side. This was written long before I met Ms. Gabby, though. Inspired by an auto-correct spellcheck that keeps changing Sespian to Sestina, I present to you...

A Sestina for Sespian

The emperor cared less for the innocence
Of the boy who stood for the throne next in line
Than did the stranger, the throne's own assassin,
There to report I had fulfilled my duty
And brought back the bloody yield of my dagger,
Mission achieved in the cover of shadows.

I stood there, my son, watching from the shadows
Lacking power to protect your innocence:
Such things are beyond the ken of a dagger.
On the solarium floor you'd drawn fine lines,
A harmless evasion of princely duty.
He snapped your pencil, scared you with his assassin.

I'd gone to Mangdoria, an assassin
To suppress an uprising from the shadows.
Serving Turgonia was my sole duty,
And I fulfilled it, despite their innocence
Of all crime. Across four throats, I drew fine lines
Not with any pencil, but with a dagger.  

Later, in the barracks, that very dagger
Would save you from the schemes of an assassin
An enemy who had slipped behind our lines
After he followed me out of the shadows.
That evening you slept in peaceful innocence
And nearly died, for my failure of duty.

But protecting you is more than mere duty
If that can be for those who live by dagger.
I'd have given all to save your innocence,
Sacrificed myself to any assassin.
When it was done, I returned to the shadows
But left you a pencil, for your clever lines. 

Some future day, my son, when you draw your lines
I hope you will see that my only duty
Is to you, and though I may work in shadows
It is to your ends that I use my dagger.
There is no going back, once an assassin,
And so I ask, let me save your innocence. 

For beyond moral lines, armed with a dagger,
I have but one duty as an assassin
And it casts long shadows over innocence. 


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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 11:58:49 pm »


Aww, I can't stop reading this. I love it!
« Last Edit: January 31, 2013, 02:03:57 am by Meera »
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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 01:56:45 am »
I am getting this tattooed. ON MY HEART.


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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 02:32:44 am »
Didn't the Red Hot Chili Peppers record this? ;)


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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 06:35:57 am »
This is.... AMAZING.  Like, I'm forced to revert to Valley Girl speech and, like, stuff. 

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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 07:19:49 am »
Oh, wow. Amazing really :D
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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 09:17:45 am »
*bows* Thank you, m'ladies. I'll be here all week...

... where by week, I mean indefinitely.


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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 10:44:45 am »
Wow.  Another sestina (not the easiest poetry form to work with).  Very very nice.  *applauds while standing*

By my rough count we now have 2 sestinas, at least 10 limericks (including your opus) and a multitude of haiku (including the armpit and happy trail variety) all over the forum.  Leads me to suspect that we have another rarer sub-specie of plot bunny around here...the rhyme rabbit.


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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 11:32:44 am »
Nicely done!!!


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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 01:12:28 pm »
acceptable Mr Stabby. very acceptable.
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Re: A Sestina by Mr. Stabby
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2013, 08:11:10 am »
When I first read this the left side of my brain was all "Pfft, someone needs to broaden their vocabulary". And then my right side was like "Dude, it's a Sestina."
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