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I dreamt myself a Prince of Moths
Upon a brittle autumn leaf;
And, though a novice in my state
Of wings and things, I found I took
Quite readily: I fashioned up
A crown of thorns and glittering moss,
With a pile of blossoms, laced with webs
And iridescent spiders' legs,
With feathers glossed with gossamer
And freckled dew of violet hue.

Thus decked, I leaped and left my leaf,
And viewed myself in silver pools;
And reasoned that a moth like I,
Of state and breeding, should desire
Estate and wealth, and thus acquire
An industry and beauteous bride.
I fashioned in a hollow tree
A quarry for the ants to mine,
With beetles as their keepers, set
To dig for me for treasures fine:
For gems of old, and treasuries
Of elven wealth and fairy gold;
And deep they dug, and so brought forth
Fine trinkets rare from ages lost;
And with these I could set me up
As a business-moth of fine repute.

I forged myself a partnership
With a voluptuous spider crab,
Grown rich in sales of mollusc oil,
Who promised me his daughter's hand:
And so a wedding feast we planned,
By no means bland, but stately grand,
Where she, my briny bride-to-be,
Ascended blushing from the sea,
All corseted in sea-salt foam.
(The dress with set extended trims
On the account of extra limbs.)
As coral chorister choirs did sing,
I offered her an oak-forged ring
And promised, if she'd be my own,
No more this Prince of Moths should roam.

And now, secure in nuptial glow,
My love and I set up our home
(With new-made, roomy nursery)
Within the quarry's canopy;
And, lullabied by night's refrain,
We sip on cups of sweet champagne
Served by an eldritch honey bee,
Admiring the toil below,
As beetles whip and drive the ants
To pull gold, sweating, from the earth,
The worth of which will warm the hearth
Of home, and glow of new romance.

And so 'til forest laws reform,
Forbidding mining fairy gold,
Or insect unions take a stand
And stop ants being bought and sold
(Or, I suppose, 'til I awake,
And find this all to be a dream)
I'll laugh at any he that scoffs,
And so remain a Prince of Moths.
A bit of whimsy borne of cider and word generators and expectation and joy. Enjoy. I did.

UPDATE: Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and faves and llamas. I'm a big ball of happiness rolling around everywhere. Special big thanks to SubjugatedSandwich for the recommendation and NicSwaner for the DD. xxx
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The Prince of Moths by ~CyberPhantom is quite the unique poem, with a wonderful story and an intricate dance of wordplay, being both whimsical and elegant at the same time, as the suggester says. ( Suggested by SubjugatedSandwich and Featured by Nichrysalis )
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Goldfish-In-Space Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Writer
I think what I like the most about this is that it makes rhyme work. It kind of calls back on old narrative poetry, and things from the romantic era without going right back and trying to be them. One line kind of shook me out of it, though: "By no means bland, but stately grand,". I think it has to do with the internal rhyme as well as the regular one. It throws off the vernacular a bit, in what is overall a spectacular poem!
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thirdim3nsion Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
a really nice job. reminded me of Mercutio's Queen Mab at first.
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CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Prince of Moths is on very good terms with Queen Mab ;)
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fairyqueen77 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Writer
This is, without a doubt, one of the best poems I've read in a long time. Amazing work!
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dandelion-kitsune Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
This is brilliant!!
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Just epic fantastic.
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Silversong-Rain Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what a wonderful thing to read before bed. i can only hope my dreams wll be half as sweet as this fairy type poem :)
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StormeChaser Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Firstly, congrats on the DD =]

Secondly, it's been a long time since I've sat down and read any type of poem. Just the title for this one grabbed my attention (which is hard to do these days) so I stopped and took the time to read it. I really like how it turned out. I was able to watch the whole thing play out in my head as I read it, and for me that's what really matters in literature. Not a lot of things inspire me these days, but your poem did just that. Very glad I stopped to read it, this was very enjoyable ^_^
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CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Means a lot :)
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thisismyringtone Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
ant abuse?
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