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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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Given 2013-04-18
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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reddragon122100 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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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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:iconcyberphantom:
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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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, ants don't complain. And neither does anyone else.
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thisismyringtone Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
ooooh. I'll stand up for ants then. PooPooCaChuChu!
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should go and picket outside the hollow tree quarry. Bring some friends. It's a disgrace and the world needs to know.
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thisismyringtone Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
:party: happy random birthday
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank youuuuu. Here is the poem I have written on my birthday [link]
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:iconthisismyringtone:
thisismyringtone Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
nice poem. :O circles
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paper-stars Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your poem is very lovely indeed! I love the balance of beauty and absurdity. It really reminds me of Lewis Carroll, actually!
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Carroll's definitely in its family tree somewhere, a few generations back...
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I

love

this

so

much.

:heart:
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DarksabreAssasin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's so lovely.... I like it. <3
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   Writer
Congratulations on your DD! This is a very lovely piece. :clap:
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Pointerofreality Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Excellent work! but I have to wonder just how does one get their poetry read on DA? It seems a scarce enough opportunity that people would even chance upon your literary creation, let alone actually put thought towards reading the thing.
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vlherron Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all i can say is WOW. this is fantastic
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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silvergabetha834 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Somehow this whimsy still has a strong message. Oh how we idealize the long forgotten past and forget that we were not the plantation owners but their lowly serv-ants.

Nice job. :-)
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconperfling:
Perfling Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic :D
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SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
A moth tf?
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SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Wow!
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DrawsWithCats Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! Great job :)
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imaginative-lioness Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation, such a wonderful and unique piece :heart:
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. is. SUPER COOL!!!!! It's just like those old fairy poems I love to read (ex: the goblin market)!
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CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the Goblin Market? Who's it by? Link it me.
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Goblin Market is a poem by Christina Rossetti. [link]
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How utterly wonderful! Thank you. I will put this is my book and learn it by heart x
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you liked it.^^
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Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interesting bit.
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OMGitsgreen Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This was absolutely delectable to read. :clap:
Fantastic job, and well deserving of a DD
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truly amazing to read
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Gahaha! Very clever and witty use of iambic tetrameter.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful to read. Congrats on the DD.
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Damn, I'm usually never one to chance DA poetry do to it's propensity to be... meh... but wow, I love this poem! It has a wonderful meter and narrative quality that embodies a special kind of romantic, fantasy whimsy that I very much appreciate!

Well done, truly
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CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you x
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InsoLENTinsO Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I like this. It reads like a fairy tail. With modern conventions of course. Have you read the poem "Overheard on a Salt Marsh" by any chance?
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Who's it by? Link? (I am feeling lazy :P)
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:iconinsolentinso:
InsoLENTinsO Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Sure. It an old poem from my childhood. Here. [link]
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:iconcyberphantom:
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shivers. Thank you for gifting me this :)
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InsoLENTinsO Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Yeah I know. It scared the living crap out of me when I was a kid, and started me on a lifelong love affair with the fantastic. Glad you liked it.
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