Secrets in the meadow, Promises on the beach. (A ballad)

Memory stalks me.
A secret festers within,
And the burden of silence weighs heavy.
But some promises cannot be broken,
And some secrets must be taken to the grave…

#writephoto prompt

Never forget this moment
Never forget what we did here
A crime that went unpunished
A secret sealed in fear

A promise is a curse!
And this one haunts us to this day
‘Tell no one,’ she’d said! ‘I will see you again’
And see us she did! But wicked was her gaze!

Eugi’s weekly prompt

’twas a twilit evening of potential
The virgin breeze twirling fragrant scents
Sighed from diaphanous meadows
Besides ethereal shores
Mystics and mystery
As ‘Cyra’ chanted
a dark Summon
to watchful
Sleepless
Realms

Why we agreed, I do not know
But grief drove Cyra, and friendship buckled us in
‘Humor her,’ we’d thought; until lore became more
And that promise became a curse!

The old ones used to say
If you call to one of the dead
All of them listen!
And Cyra was distressed, her chants imprecise

The things we saw
And the sounds we heard
I cannot utter here
A secret sealed in fear

Dark be my days
And troubled be my nights
Her eyes haunt me
They pierce the veil, and sear the soul
For I touched the evil, that took her away.

Those who divulge, Cyra sees!
Sleepless and watchful
Wicked is her gaze
Her secret sealed in fear
For a promise is a curse
And all who tell,
Never see the dawn!

Ballad player #whatdoyousee

Β© judeitakali


Hi guys, I hope you enjoy this. I haven’t written dark material for a while so I was itching to start off a balanced dark month of June on my blog. Don’t worry, there’s more than enough light here too.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

For these awesome prompts;

Colleen’s syllabic challengethe etheree written in bold
Writephoto promptbeach
Eugi’s weekly promptmeadow
Sadje’s whatdoyousee‘my ballad player’

Hope you are all well
Stay safe, stay loving.

83 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Hall says:

    A dark and mystic tale where the words send shivers down the spine – a mystery that’s not quite revealed – therein lies it’s power.
    Bravo, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris. It means alot from you.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Priya says:

    Wow! 😍 So beautifully penned, Jude!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot PriyaπŸ€—πŸ§‘

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  3. I am in awe at how seamlessly your words flow weaving all the prompts together Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Radhika πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ’œ

      Like

  4. Notes says:

    Chills! On the edge of darkness and the etheric. So close to fall either way.
    Thank you

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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  5. Sadje says:

    This is a very dark story Jude! It’ll make a great movie, I think. Secrets, fear and regret. Thanks for including my prompt in here.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje.
      It might make a nice movie indeed.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😊

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  6. Dora says:

    Jude,
    How enchantingly dark and mystic! You’ve outdone yourself with this one. πŸ–€
    ~πŸ•ŠDora

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Dora. 😊

      Like

  7. -Eugenia says:

    Wow! I love it, Jude! A seamless rendering of intrigue and dark! Bravo!🌹

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi.

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome, Jude!

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  8. balroop2013 says:

    Dark poetry emits its own light Jude. Well done.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Very interesting way to see it. I like it.

      Like

  9. DreamsandReality says:

    Wow. Beautiful 😘 πŸ”₯

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ’œπŸ˜ƒ

      Like

      1. DreamsandReality says:

        You welcome 🧑

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  10. Ingrid says:

    A fabulous ghost story in verse!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ingrid.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Aparna says:

    Lovely poem as always🀩😁
    A promise is a curse!
    Indeed promise is a curse if we don’t fulfil it 🀩

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Right you are. Thank you so much Aparna 🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Reena Saxena says:

    Read “Die Empty” by Todd Henry ☺️

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’ll look for it Reena. Thank you πŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Diana says:

    Loved that line ‘a secret sealed in fear’! Beautiful! πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’š

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Diana. πŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

      Like

  14. Suma Reddy says:

    So much of beauty in your writings Jude, it’s soo lovely n below lines are keep ringing in my mind post reading too.

    Never forget this moment
    Never forget what we did here
    A crime that went unpunished
    A secret sealed in fear

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Reddy. I’m glad you like this. πŸ§‘πŸ’œ

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      1. Suma Reddy says:

        You are most welcome Jude πŸ₯°

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  15. I’m with everyone else… “a secret sealed with fear…” is a magnificent line. I love the flow of this piece. Cyra is quite haunting! Well done. ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Colleen πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ€—β€οΈ

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      1. You’re welcome, Jude. ❀️

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  16. Marsha says:

    Dark, indeed. I also agree with the other comments. It is a graceful horror leaving little question of a malignant deed done in secret.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Marsha. I’m humbled you like it πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸŒΌ

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      1. Marsha says:

        You are welcome. Keep writing, my friend. You are very talented. πŸ™‚

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ€— oh no, that’s too many blushes now🀩

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      3. Marsha says:

        You blush easily. But a little encouragement once in a while never hurts anyone, right? Pass it on. πŸ™‚

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Yeah my weak spot is earning a writing compliment 😊

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      5. Marsha says:

        πŸ™‚ Now I know! πŸ™‚

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  17. michnavs says:

    Wow, just wow Jude you amazed at how effortlessly, you weave those three prompts.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle 🀩 so glad you like it πŸ’œ

      Liked by 2 people

  18. skipread says:

    Dark or light – beautiful writing, Jude. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much SkipπŸ™πŸ½

      Like

  19. memadtwo says:

    You’ve really caught the feeling of fear and foreboding. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Oh,πŸ˜ƒ thanks K. Happy you appreciate it.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Pooja G says:

    I always enjoy darker poems so I loved this!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      So Glad to see you here Pooja. Thank you πŸ™πŸΎπŸ€©
      Hope you’re good.

      Like

  21. mariamichaela says:

    You know I love horror so this dark and haunting poetry is up in my alley. I love the imagery.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I was hoping you’d see this. I got 2horrors I’m excited to watch today(Sunday) ‘the unholy’ and ‘spinoff to the saw’

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mariamichaela says:

        Darn it! I haven’t seen ‘The Unholy’ yet. Putting that in my list 😁

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜ƒ definitely.
        btw it rained all day yesterday πŸ’œ

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      3. mariamichaela says:

        Wow! That’s great!

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  22. KL Caley says:

    Oh a dark and haunting entry, Jude. How fantastic.
    Thank you for joining in the challenge:

    #WRITEPHOTO – Beach


    KL ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Caley. My pleasure. πŸ˜‡

      Like

  23. Kritika says:

    Fabulous ballad. Enjoyed how you weaved all the prompts.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kritika 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Kritika says:

        My pleasure πŸ™‚

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  24. This one is so good, I like dark poems haha! Enjoyed !

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Sirishty. πŸ’œ

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      1. It’s my pleasure 😊

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  25. Malakkc says:

    Wonderful

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you kindly πŸ™πŸ½

      Like

  26. kittysverses says:

    Yes promise is indeed a curse, I like the flow of your poem using various forms. Well done, Jude. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much AryaπŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜πŸ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kittysverses says:

        Haha, you are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

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  28. jryb29 says:

    It was penned in an excellent way Jude! πŸ–€

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so very much.

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Wonderful as always, Jude. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Diana.

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