Gilded Milk

A Poem By LoriAnn // 3/13/2010


Formidable, he sits
Enthroned on his golden seat
His golden pelt gleaming
In the golden light of candles set in—
What else?
Golden sconces
Undaunted, she sits
Perched upon an ottoman
Fingering harp-strings
Flowing golden notes
Her eyes ache from so much
“You sigh?”
He asks, his voice a golden grumble
“No. Well, that is…
Yes, I did sigh.
Why must everything be so gold?”
“Is it not to your liking?”
Surprisingly concerned
He leans forward
Golden eyes intent
She strums an aimless chord
“I am used, my lord,
To simpler things.
The green of fresh grass
Blue of the sky
Silver of a star
Red of a…”
Another sigh.
“Of a rose.”
“Ah. But you care not
For my rich gold,
My gilt mirrors,
My engraved goblets,
My jeweled baubles?”
She gives a pretty shrug,
And finally meets his gaze
“I do not dislike,”
She admits, a dainty finger
Stroking her rose-soft gown
“But it goes down hard,
Like a chocolate cake—
You need simple milk
To wash it down.”
They sit, not speaking
She brushes her fingers across
The gilded strings
And silently concedes
Her admiration of their
Golden tones.
He stands.
“I will return.”
She watches him go, puzzled
His bulky form oddly graceful
Melting into the candle-shadows
She plays a simple melody
To pass the time, but stops
And rolls her eyes
This country tune was not made
For such rich strings.
His deep, dark voice
Emerges from the shadows,
And he holds out to her a gift
His eyes masked with indifference
But eager, like a little boy
He hopes she will like it.
She takes the gift, and smiles.
A laugh burbles in her throat,
And she lifts it to her lips:
Fresh milk,
In a golden cup.


I. Love. This. Beautifully

I. Love. This. Beautifully written, and very enjoyable. Great job!

Erin | Sat, 03/13/2010

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

What insired this delightful

What insired this delightful piece of poetry?

Julie | Sat, 03/13/2010

Formerly Kestrel

I love it too! Very well

I love it too! Very well written, I love the use of bold for the man's voice. Very creative.

KatieSara | Sun, 03/14/2010


"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"

Lovely and entertaining A

Lovely and entertaining

A perfect mix

Keri | Mon, 03/15/2010

Really like it LoriAnn. I'm

Really like it LoriAnn. I'm curious too, what made you write this?

Kay J Fields | Mon, 03/15/2010

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Absolutely fantastically and

Absolutely fantastically and just perfectly mad wonderful crazy lovely spectacular poem.

(Sorry my soul rebels against the use of commas today.)

Anna | Mon, 03/15/2010

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

Love, love, love!!! :D

Love, love, love!!! :D

Clare Marie | Mon, 03/15/2010

"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]


I'm doing a correspondence English course through a local collage, and one of the assignments this week was to write a piece of ekphrastic poetry inspired by a piece of art. The piece I chose (google it, and you can find it for yourself) was by a guy named Scott Gusoffson (I think I spelled that right) called, simply, "Beauty and the Beast". If you find it, you'll see exactly what inspired it--it's a lovely picture. I'm glad you liked the poem!

LoriAnn | Mon, 03/15/2010

I like both the pic and the

I like both the pic and the poem! :0)

Heather | Thu, 03/18/2010

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

I love the painting, by the

I love the painting, by the way! Oh, and you're on google! When I searched, your poem is one of the first results.

Erin | Tue, 04/13/2010

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


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