Christabel


Christabel is strong,
Christabel is dreamy;
Christabel has blue eyes,
And her skin is creamy.

Christabel is dreamy,
Christabel is strong;
Christabel's my shelter,
Christabel's my song.

Christabel is dreamy,
Christabel is strong;
Christabel has blue eyes;
I will love her long.

Christabel is strong,
Christabel is dreamy;
Christabel has blue eyes
Nevermore to see me.




Poetry by Rob Graber
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Written on 2016-02-06 at 20:18

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Such a simple poem, almost a nursery rhyme, until the very end. Then it becomes a mystery.
2016-02-07



My sense of "blue eyes" also shifts when paired with "dreamy" and with "strong." "Blue eyes" typically feels dreamy, since it is linked with dreamy things like the sea and the sky. But when the word "strong" is emphasized, I get an impression of blue flame, which is intense and focused, and hotter than red flame. "Blue eyes" drifts in a subtle dynamic between these associations as I read the poem. And the "nevermore to see me" abruptly dulls the color, as if the poem falls under a gray blanket at the end.
2016-02-07



"Strong" and "dreamy" play off each other so enchantingly. Each seems to reshape the meaning of the other. The shifting repetition, and the word "nevermore" suggest the ethereal heroines of an Edgar Allan Poe poem. And what a cryptic end. It could mean so many things. A fine mystery poem.
2016-02-07


Nancy Sikora
Very medieval sounding and the ending is sad.
2016-02-06