The Map-Maker's Son

A Poem By Hannah W. // 10/9/2009

*I was thinking about some of the characters in my new novel, when this one jumped out at me. A spy for someone evil, and yet he has a good heart and does something wonderful and self-sacrificing at the end. I wondered about why he was like that... and I guess this is my answer.*

Hush, hush little baby boy
your mama is gone, but your papa's nearby
he rocks you to sleep and sings a lullaby
hush, hush little baby boy

Bright-eyed boy, growing,
and watching him draw
the lines of the mountains that one time we saw
the peaks of the cities that scrape the skies with their claws
you have many nightmares from the cavixarr's jaws
but your papa is there to come when you call

But nightmares turn to truth
when the silent ones came
they held a sword to his throat and he called you by name
he blocked the way long enough for you to barely escape
wearing your mother's old quilt as a cape

The years went by, and innocence lost
in the fight with yourself you paid a terrible cost
like the waves of the ocean through life you were tossed
to wash up ashore on bare beaches of loss

And now you are safe with a stone at your throat
and a false sense of warmth in your dark-colored coat
there is no hope beyond a knife in your hilt
but then why do you still keep a scrap of that quilt?

Then one day a girl weeps a crystalline tear
and you see in her eyes all the pain and the fear
this is yourself, from the now-distant years
and you feel as if your papa was never so near

The shattered heart cried out to be saved
and without second thoughts you leaped into the fray
but in rescuing them, you yourself were betrayed
and yet you didn't mind that price to pay...

Hush, hush, map-maker's son
now you are free, you have always been loved
You will sail with the sun and the stars up above
Hush now, and sleep, oh map-maker's son.

Comments

beautiful.......

beautiful.....this is astounding.

Bernadette | Sat, 10/10/2009

ooooo

This was really Good, Hannah!!! I Loved it!!!!

Elizabeth | Sat, 10/10/2009

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The Holy Spirit is the quiet guest of our soul." -St. Augustine

WOW!

This was incredibly moving and beautiful, Hannah. I can't wait to see the novel!

Heather | Sat, 10/10/2009

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And now our hearts will beat in time/You say I am yours and you are mine...
Michelle Tumes, "There Goes My Love"

Wow.

I love this.

 

'Nuff said.

And now I want to read your novel. ;)

Kyleigh | Sat, 10/10/2009

<3

Very lovely--and like the rest, I want to read the whole story!

LoriAnn | Sat, 10/10/2009

Well, very  good, Hannah! I

Well, very  good, Hannah! I want to read your book! What's it called?

---Laura

Anonymous | Sat, 10/10/2009

 This was gorgeous.   And

 This was gorgeous.  

And dittos of what everyone else said - how soon can we read the whole thing????

Mary | Sat, 10/10/2009

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Brother: Your character should drive a motorcycle.
Me: He can't. He's in the wilderness.
Brother: Then make it a four-wheel-drive motorcycle!

"The years went by, and

"The years went by, and innocence lost
in the fight with yourself you paid a terrible cost
like the waves of the ocean through life you were tossed
to wash up ashore on bare beaches of loss...."

Wow. Brilliant, completely. Please post your novel, now! You're torturing us all!

 

E | Sat, 10/10/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

whoah! Thanks :)

wow, thanks so much! I'm flattered to hear that you are all clamoring for the novel... hmm. Maybe you will end up reading it. ;) Glad you all liked the poem!  

Hannah W. | Sat, 10/10/2009

Oh so sad, but so

Oh so sad, but so beautiful!!  Lovely, simply lovely.

Clare Marie | Tue, 10/13/2009

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"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

This is wondrous. You do know

This is wondrous.

You do know this is wondrous, right??

Anna | Wed, 10/14/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Which story is this charrie in?

I want to read this story. Which one is it?

Beautiful poetry,

Julie | Wed, 10/14/2009

Formerly Kestrel

:)

Anna: actually, I didn't until people told me. ;)
Kestrel:This character is from a story called Layers of Shadows. I did write a very rough draft, but I'm starting over for the next draft now that I have everything mostly figured out. 
And thanks again to everyone! :) 

Hannah W. | Wed, 10/14/2009

Layers of Shadows? That

Layers of Shadows? That sounds cool. *Sighs. Only the poets come up with great titles.....

E | Wed, 10/14/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

If yours is actually

If yours is actually finished, I definitely want to read it! I've never posted a full-length story here that was already finished!

Anna | Thu, 10/15/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

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