Edward Reginald Frampton, “Elaine, the Lady of Shallot, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Captive, held in a cage of dreams

reflecting streams

in mirrored eyes,

she’s cursed, she sighs,


mirror-gazing, she sings a song,

wonders how long

she’ll sigh and sing,

while dreams take wing


she weaves a spell, and watch she keeps,

she scarcely sleeps,

sees plume and blooms,

she’s caught, she’s doomed.


This is a minute poem for Secret Keeper’s Writing Challenge.

The prompt words were: Cage/Sing/Dream/Watch/Spell

This is another poem based on the Lady of Shalott.  Here’s the link to the Tennyson poem. As the end of the year draws closer, I feel the need of romanticism. Here’s the link to my earlier poem.









22 thoughts on “Captive

  1. The painting and your poetic interpretation remind of how much I enjoyed introducing students to this Tennyson poem. Now I would challenge them to experience life first hand and escape the doom – their choice!

  2. Wow. It was sad yet how beautifully you romanticised it. Glad i reached your blog.
    I have also started writing as a way to unburden myself from thoughts that bother me. Would you pay a visit to my blog, go through my posts & leave your views on it? I would be so thankful. Happy reading.
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