The Tempest Queen
Sympathizing over her broken appearance,
they ask her whether she regrets her battle with the tempest
and with a mirthless smile she replies
I am rather glad for the encounter,
for it made me stronger and more valiant.
Ephemeral was my dread and abhorrence
however ageless and eternal is my experience.
I have been trounced by mighty thunder bolts,
continually whipped by the merciless wind,
despite carrying a ravaged soul
I managed to keep myself warm
from the fire burning deep within.
I have tasted the water of seas worldwide,
have witnessed flashes of both hell and heaven
while adoring the revelations of the earth sublime.
Equally astounded by the viciousness of beasts in human masks
and beauty of the lands divine.
It was not my recklessness,
rather my ardor.
Others may say that it was not worth the price i paid
but that does not change the truth
that ships are not built to be held back
safe in the harbor.
Fragile, tenderfoot and a wimp was I
before i fearlessly sailed on the voyage of my life
and now as they see me
they say here goes the ‘Tempest Queen’
whom neither death can menace
nor fate can surprise.