A Frozen Ballad, Part VICoronation Day
A coronation grander none
Had witnessed till that day,
As Heimr Arnadalr rang
Out from the church's bay.
The queen, with blue gown and a cape
Of regal purple, stood
As prayers from the bishop blessed
Her reign with every good:
"Eternal God and Lord of Hosts
Who gives grace to the uttermost,
Now bless this land of Arendelle
And all who in this realm dwell.
Grant wisdom, grace, and favor to
Queen Elsa, for your will to do.
Though mighty be the storms of strife,
Preserve our Queen through all her life!"
And with this benediction's end,
The bishop took the crown
And placed it on Queen Elsa's head
In humbleness bowed down.
He offered next the orb and scepter,
Symbols of her rule,
And in her eyes he thought he saw
A look that had him fooled.
Twas not the gleam of triumph there,
No bravery appeared,
Instead, her eyes belied that they
Had seen just what she feared.
Her gloves were on. He coughed but once,
And made his message clear:
That she must touch with her own hands
EpithetSome nights I lay upon my bed and dream
Of names that I should like to call you by;
There's power in a name, for it would seem
That fate itself should with the meaning lie.
For something trite and honeyed would I dare?
Or would I stick with what you've had instead?
The truth, though, is that I cannot care
The name you hear that makes you turn your head:
It's only fine if I can call you mine.
To the HillsUntil the day breaks and the shadows flee,
This night is ours. And so I'll turn,
And turn into a stag upon the hills
To run for hours toward what I yearn.
It's not the changing wind that thrills my pulse
And brings it to the pace of chasing,
Nor is the challenge of the rugged ground
That sends my heartbeat off to racing,
But that you're there and mine and bounding,
Abounding still in every grace,
And sends me leaping like a light gazelle
From step to step and face to face.
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee,
This night is ours. Now let us run
To where the hidden gardens take their root
And all is said and finally done.
A Longing DeepA longing deep, a longing deep,
You ask, when will this longing be complete?
No other time but when we meet.
A longing deep, a longing deep,
Who might the knowledge of my longing keep?
Not those whose shallow love is weak.
VVindicate me, mighty Lord,
Victory comes not by sword,
Vile the death brought in by sin,
Vanquish what is old within.
Vine and branches bearing fruit
Viewed as signs of God's pursuit.
Vainest glories, stay behind,
Virtue crowns the humble mind.
Sonnet LXIIOp. 26, no. 2
Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
And clouds this lamp that lights my fevered brain
When I believe these pleasures satisfy
The deepest longings given selfish reign.
To see creation as a basic means
To satisfy the myriad of youthful lusts
Is instability, because it leans
On wants that crumble quickly into dust.
My hope is that I might not acquiesce
In chasing things shortsightedly pathetic,
But powered by the Spirit, try my best
To understand the lasting things majestic,
And make my mark, fulfill the ministry
That I was called to leave a legacy.
MineI am His craft, I took my form
Beneath His skillful hand,
And though I walk through flame and storm
He helps me understand:
"In darkness you will see me shine,
In anxious doubt I send my sign
For you are mine,
For you are mine,
Redeemed to show my grand design."
But I am weak and impotent,
And much I do not know.
Besides His grace, all heaven-sent,
I would not overflow
Above the waters dark and deep
That tempt me towards my mortal sleep.
O, they will sweep,
O, they will sweep,
But God is here my soul to keep.
So dwell no longer on the past,
In distant memory,
But look to him who breathed his last
And gave His life for me.
In deserts dry he lays a road
To drink the sky-sent word that snowed
And melting flowed
And melting flowed
To drench me in this love He showed.
Beach DayIn undulating waves that pound the shore—
Their frothy tides embracing higher waters blue—
I saw my joy, and sat down to adore
The one this heart would daily choose to wander to.
No distance quite too far, no background din
Too raucous that I cannot stay and ponder
All the currents stirred I'm swimming in
Inside my heart, a longing still for more,
And wanderlust for oceans to explore.
Wax and WaneOh! wide-eyed wonder high up in the sky,
My only link transcending time and space,
How many separations have gone by
Before the searing coldness of your gaze?
And always in the fullest of your phase,
When many separations must go by,
'Tis then you choose to show your pallid face
And wide-eyed, sunder sighs up to the sky.
And yet you bear no ill-will, though I try
To pin my loneliness within your place.
For when I have my love within my hold,
You wrap the night around you in its folds
And from our private union hide your face
(Oh! Wide-eyed wonder!) from sighs up to the sky.
CelesteEvery tide will wax and wane to mirror the moon
on these nights she beckons ever brighter,
while every other lovelorn gaze will scorn the stars
and lose itself in something earthward bound.
Falling Through LoveI’m falling in love with the warmth of your breath
I’m falling in love with your smile
I’m falling in love with all the words that you’ve left
Forever silenced in your mind
I’m fully in love with the beat of your heart
I’m fully in love with your mind
I’m fully in love with how you fall apart
Every time your hand must leave mine
I fell deep in love with the clocks in your eyes
I fell deep in love with your plans
I fell deep in love with the tears that you cried
When we realised that we can’t
I was so deep in love with the warmth of your breath
I was so deep in love with your words
I was so deep in love with the way that you left
When we both knew it would hurt
My loveI love you
The way you talk to me
Makes me smile
The way you look at me
Makes my heart melt
I thought nothing was perfect
But you are
The first time I saw you
Our eyes sparkled
I knew I would love you
And you love me too
I love you
With all my heart
Your broken heartYour broken heart will make you cry
You'll cry and cry and people will wonder why
Only I will know what made you blue
Your love's run away and forsaken you
I told you once to stay away
But you insist he lights your day
But it was all a dream that never came true
your broken heart is now a burden for you
You feel so down you're in constant pain
You yell his name but it's all in vain
For He won't come to hold you thru
But your broken heart will be here for you
Light My WayI'll take your hand, and embark...
Into your light, out of my dark.
You shine so very brightly...
I'll hold your hand tightly.
I don't want to lose my grip...
As I venture on this trip.
It's easy to go with you...
To places, unknown and new.
Open up your world to me...
I enter into it, gladly.
There's nowhere I wouldn't go.
Beckon me and I'll follow.
You're the sun, in my blue sky.
I don't even question why.
You're the sunlight I behold.
For you, my petals do unfold.
I'm a flower, in full bloom...
Since you entered, into my room.
© Mary Elizabeth Balderrama
By Alexander Stoertz
Here I place my wing
On her, the lover
I let her hear me sing
Until the night is over
I let her see the brightness of me
While trying to hide what my darkness sees
I fear for her
For the pain she writhes on
When she’s not touched by the sun
Yet she is always the one.
Little does she know of the horrors within
With every twist and every sin
The aching pain disgraced
The evil contemplates
The constant battle
Of light and dark
Hear the cages rattle
They hear her love hark!
I fight myself
I chain my demons
For her, for her
I bleed the black
I store the red
For her, for her
I can leave
But I remain
For her, for her.
My wings are tattered and torn
I won’t allow myself to grow horns
I will break them for her
I will keep myself from being disturbed
My light I give to her
I will help her glow
The struggles are absurd
But the world to her I will show.
The angel of life sheds his wings
The pain is temporary
To relieve the sins
No darkness to the contrary