Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stealing Away

Beneath the midnight desert sky
On his camel he did ride
Away to see his lady love
Beneath the silvery moon above

He went to sweep her off her feet
But her daddy he did meet
Because of this lovely damsel
He nevermore will ride his camel

You see the gal that he did seek
Was the daughter of a Sheik
She bid her daddy leave him be
Instead he hung him for all to see

The princess cried for days on end
Knowing her heart would never mend
How could her daddy be so cruel
She longed to escape his rule

Then one night to her surprise
She could not believe her eyes
Stood the man for whom she cried
The man she knew had surely died

The noose had slipped and he was free
He owed that to a friend you see
Who was handy with his knife
And owed this man his very life

Now the princess bride to be
Hopped on his camel and they did flee
Happy now with her intended
This is how the story ended

Written for the 30-day creative writing challenge hosted by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese.  Today is the 19th day of madness fun, and the prompt is Camels.  Check out the Linky at WWFC for more stories...will that be one hump or two?

Also posted for dVerse poetry.


  1. Oh, I loved that! Great poem and a lovely happy ending ;)

  2. I love the poem! I'm glad it went to a happy place rather than a dead hanged lover.

  3. Now that you used 'Princess Bride' in your poetry,
    I hope Rob Reiner doesn't sue you into poverty!

  4. Awesome poetry! Good way to use this odd prompt!

  5. WEll done. Poems can be so very challenging...so I really appreciate the work and effort here...and of course, the happy ending!

  6. I'm not usually a poetry person, but I really liked it. Nicely done. And it's nice the dude escaped with his life and got the girl in the end! :D

  7. thank goodness for friends with pocketknives...smiles....a fun story...and i am glad they were able to escape the wrath of the father...

  8. Fantastic poem, Linda! And, at the risk of repeating what everyone else said, I love the happy ending. 250 points!

  9. WOW! You are such an amazing writer! What a fantastic poem!!!

  10. Babs- Thank you! I couldn't think of anything else and the first four lines just popped into my head and I had to go with it.

    Linda- Yeah, I didn't want it to end with him hanging in tree.

    notactuallygod- Well, it's supposed to be the princess "bride to be" not "the princess bride". Hopefully it's not an issue that way.

    laughingmom- Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

    Anon- Thank you. The first verse just flowed, and the rest followed along.

    P.J. - For what it's worth, I enjoy writing it more than reading it because some poetry I just don't understand. Mine is pretty straight forward.

    Brian- Yes, I couldn't let him hang there, and needed a happy ending.

    Nicky- Thank you. Glad you liked it and the ending. I'll gratefully accept the points.

    Katherine- Thank you. I am likely to get a swelled head here, but I'm glad you liked it!

  11. Hi Linda .. delightful poem - loved it .. very clever twist - and they lived happily ever after.

    Cheers Hilary

  12. Hilary- Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. There are 10 more days in this challenge. ;)

  13. Oh wow! I wish I could write poetry like you!

  14. Meleah- Oh, thank you! I'll surely get the big head now. Good thing I don't wear hats. ;)

  15. You know me...I love happy endings:~)

    This was a fun poem to read. I read aloud, as usual. It was also a good use of the word, "Camel."

    I hope you're enjoying this 30-day adventure. I would find this VERY challenging. So, kudos to you, my friend for taking this on.

  16. Sara- Yeah, I like the happy endings, too. It is indeed challenging to post something everyday for 30 straight days. It is a good exercise in writing, and I can write any style or anything I choose. The prompt on "satan" was a bit much, but I managed. There were a lot of posts with that mindset.


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