Midnigh Morvening

The light it was a brightening
on winter’s dawning day
it was the midnigh morvening
that showed us all the way

and how the beasties of the norn
did plague the Gothan bride,
but facing fiery teeth with Day
the Night stood by her side.

He stood e’er long with Triptych scroll
and spake out loud and clear
“behold the midnigh morvening
and be ye of good cheer”

For all the trolls and beasts of nigh
will e’er be gone be’soon
the magic of the morvening
‘ll be written in the rune

And so ’twas wrote on old tryptych,
on every sleepless bed,
that on the midnigh morvening
the Night and Day are wed.

© 2012 John Anstie

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About PoetJanstie

As a young man, John was fit and sporting. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family and pursuing a career, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a blogger and poet. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-five year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three singing groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices; a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club) and a mixed barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. He is also a would be (once upon a time) photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is autobiographical and very often pins his colours to the mast. In 2013, he completed an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of nine poets, who met on Twitter. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle.
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14 Responses to Midnigh Morvening

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  2. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    do you ever wonder where the thoughts of a faerie tale comes from?
    sometimes I think a memory of self long ago…or the spirit of yourself long ago….
    imagination is essence of spirit I think,
    and you have such a wonderful flow of all imagination encompasses…
    this was a great poem, I love it!

    Take care….
    )0(
    ladybluerose

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    • PoetJanstie says:

      A good question, where the faerie tale comes from, and difficult to answer. Influenced by many things, Tolkien Rings trilogy included. Environment: a lot of it deeply embedded in the subconscious, I think; how it got there only conscious memory could unravel, would that I had any of that! Gene pool: now here’s a controversial one, but I believe it is possible for environment, including what we ingest and inhale, to influence our genetic structure and, it surely follows therefore, on the physics and chemistry of our memory and imagination…?

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  3. claudia says:

    somehow this has a lord of the ring feeling for me…nice..

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    • PoetJanstie says:

      One of my favourite books, which absorbed me at an important time as a young student. JRT is a master story teller. I just remembered writing a song about it long ago…hmm memories.

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      • Claudia says:

        yes…was reading it when i was a teenager and just loved it..and still do.. i wrote a poem “you were Aragorn” a while ago about the guy who introduced me to the book.. tolkien is a master story teller indeed..

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        • PoetJanstie says:

          Would love to see your “Aragorn” poem. This reminds me, forty years ago I actually wrote a song, for goodness sake. I think the tune was fairly pedestrian, but I can remember a few of the words. Must dig it out. Thanks for reminding me.

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  4. wolfsrosebud says:

    has an old ring to it… loved the story behind the poem

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  5. Becky Sain says:

    Ha! Love this. So good and so glad to have found you!

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  6. Louise says:

    lol…I thoroughly enjoyed this, John! I agree, the flow is marvellous…a great children’s story. And, I too, am proud to be a part of the GRPG and your mate 🙂

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  7. PoetJanstie says:

    Ah, thanks for appreciating a bit of silliness, Lou ;-). Hope you read the commentary too. I have to say that I love the feel of it; a bit like a (perhaps not so young) children’s fairy story.

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  8. Quirina says:

    Absolutely loverly! I love the flow of this, and the fun of it. I’m very glad to be a grass roots poet friend of yours, John.

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