The Incident at the Dock

The Pilot takes the Lady’s lace gloved hand
Kisses it with all due respect
And it escapes the eyes of few
That this Lady of four kingdoms
Is actually blushing

She holds his eyes
‘Pilot Williams
When last we met . . .
Well actually we didn’t meet . . .’

‘Fair Lady of far Cyllabra
I apologize far more than I can ever say.
As you remember I was commissioned
In your father’s war
And had to sail on the tide.’
He appears completely contrite

‘Pilot
Many are the recounts of
Courage in those ghastly battles
And I was devastated
when I learned of your injury.
You served my father well
And if reports have it true
You saved the lives of the family royal.
Besides
The day you sailed
I was late . . .’

The Pilot waves his hand
‘My lady
You are never late . . .
The tide was early.’

The Lady Erato
lightly wraps his knuckle with her fan
‘Who is this?’

‘This my Lady
Is Chyfrin
The Rukesayer of the Eastern Mysts.’
A hush falls on the guests
The Lady’s eyes widen

Chyfrin advances and bows deeply
No one can believe that the Lady is honored
in such fashion
For many and powerful
are the legends of Chyfrin
Rukesayer of the Eastern Mysts
Yet here he is
Paying the Lady Erato the greatest accolade
The Maiden Kylasheana breaks the uncomfortable silence
‘Master Wizard
Did you give Pilot Williams this magnificent ship?’

Chyfrin laughs deeply
It is the sound of clear waters
running under rocks in Spring
‘Young Maid
Forgive me the amazement of an old man
For I can see the sunlight in your eyes
moonlight in your hair
Starlight falling from your lips.

Our young pilot here
Won his own heart back
in the Battle of Kalufron Despecke.
And he is perchance more fortunate than most
For very few men are ever
captains of their own heart.

He has granted me passage here
As a favor
A kindness rare in this
or any age.’

The guests applaud

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Chyfrin the Celtic poet

Artist, Poet, Electrical/Biomedical Engineer, Actor, Playwright, Set construction, Educator, Lover of womankind and single malt scotch

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