Burdens to Bear By Vanessa the Singer

  • A ville at foot of mountain,

    for a place, I looked, to rest my head.

    'Twas normal, I'd pick outside of town or near it,

    but I picked the inn in town instead.

    'Twas there I met a woman,

    'bout the same of age as me.

    She said she ran the saw mill,

    and for cut lumber, she'd pay fair fee.

    But wasn't much to cut these days,

    good trees, to find, were rare.

    For more than likely, 'stead of trees,

    more than oft' you'd find a bear.

    Crazy, she said they drove her,

    without the wood, into the ground her business ran.

    Then she saw my bow and asked me,

    if I'd ease her burden, and kill as many as I can.

    For me, I knew it would be simple,

    for oft' I hunted stronger game.

    And so her coin, I had accepted,

    then boasted of all the bears my bow 'twould maim!

    That night, I'd got the rest I'd wanted,

    and slept, with nary not a dream.

    For the night, for me, held naught but nightmares,

    of the fear, my family, they did scream.

    My mind went back, into the past,

    of the times when life, was all but right.

    Until the terror, that slew them all,

    descended, upon the house that night.

    The demons of blood, I'd sworn I'd kill,

    with the bloodlust, they'd shown my kin.

    With any way, or reason,

    I'd kill them all and hope,  'twould be peace that I could win.

    The next day that I'd woken,

    I went out, to divert my hate towards the beasts.

    They'd not again, like my sworn foes,

    hold longer any bloody feasts.

    Back to town, I went in solemn,

    to tell of death, to sawmill maiden fair.

    For like the beasts, of this poor girl,

    I knew of burdens to bear.


  • Capricorn
    Capricorn   ·  June 10, 2016
    Thanks :)
  • Paws
    Paws   ·  June 10, 2016
    Incredible. What a brilliant story to tell and so wonderfully done  
  • Capricorn
    Capricorn   ·  June 10, 2016
    @the wing its cool :), it took me forever to post it since the last one. I'm glad you liked it
  • Capricorn
    Capricorn   ·  June 10, 2016
    @sotek thanks, I liked the idea of miscellaneous quest poems, and doing one for each town, without using actual names, they're kind of like easter egg poems XD
  • The Wing
    The Wing   ·  June 10, 2016
    I'm sorry I took so long to get to this one, Cap! It was a very solemn piece until that pun in the last line jumped out of nowhere. It really made me grin. 
  • Sotek
    Sotek   ·  June 10, 2016
    This was nicely done. It's not often we come across pieces which base around the little things.
    Well done.