Queen Aura Lay
Was fair but spoiled.
In a fortress strong,
On the longest day,
In Summer Eternal,
She dwelt where nightfall never came,
Every blissful moment, a game.
She never toiled, nor was she troubled,
Nor had she any knowledge of pain,
Nor of Hell.
Queen Aura Lay
Ruled the best she could:
Unrivaled, firm, she was judicious.
Overtime, she grew hard and cold.
Her servants whispered, she was turning vicious,
And it showed
In her voice and her face.
“She’s the one who never grieves,” they snarled.
The rumors spread across the land, that soon she’d be displaced;
The rumors traveled underground, that soon she’d be replaced.
Shining from the center,
Queen Aura Lay strained her ears to hear sweet verse,
But apprehension grew, as she heard instead,
Subjects grumble louder, “She’s getting worse.”
Clandestinely they met to seal her fate:
They set the date
The Festival of Golden Daze
To oust their severe Queen Narcissistic.
The Festival of Golden Daze arrived.
Queen Aura Lay called her vassals:
“Let us set our banquet table as we always do,
With golden lace and honeydew,
Gilded leaves, flowers, and ambrosia upon it strew.
Quick! Our guests shall soon be arriving,
No person in the kingdom shall be depriving
Of any want or desire. Be quicker!”
In stern and regal manner,
Her Highness snapped and commanded.
On the morn of the Festival of Golden Daze,
Far away from the castle, the ground opened,
And the dead slid out from beneath it.
Rising as a towering plume,
Over the kingdom they loomed,
As they planned to set ablaze
All regions and dwellings, loyal to the Queen.
From the distance, traitorous spies could glean
The enveloping smoke of the dead approaching.
The guests neared the manor:
All subjects were invited.
Attendants unfurled their banners,
Gathered musicians played fair,
Acrobats and magicians played “Dare to Dare.”
The kingdom sang, and danced and drank
In a glittering golden daze,
And though they had plenty of troubles,
During Festival none mattered;
All were satiated and all were amazed.
Conspirators eyed each other with trepidation;
They played rehearsed roles without hesitation,
And they waited, and waited…
While in the ballroom blazing glorious light
Resplendent rainbows in the crystal room,
Queen Aura Lay displayed to all, her delight —-
Never suspecting that she was about to meet her doom.
Slowly slithering through a fortress crack
A serpentine shadow intruded.
Snaky wraiths wriggled into every palace crevice,
And finding the Queen surrounded
By her untrustworthy guards,
Wrapped around her, binding her into a cocoon.
The guards carried her to the castle’s drawbridge
And tossed her into the mote.
Instantly, brilliance turned into deadly pitch.
But Aura Lay was strong —-
She hit the icy water, she awoke upon impact;
She gathered her bearings, and found that she was intact.
A branch from a tree split off overhead,
An owl screeched as the limb crashed down,
Queen Aura Lay grabbed it,
And clinging to it,
Was carried to Safety’s shore.
The summer that always had been, faltered.
Scented petals from the rose fell
And leaves blushed red,
Too embarrassed to witness their queen’s fallen state,
They crumbled to the ground and died.
Frigid, Aura Lay clutch herself to stop violent shivers.
Embattled and confused,
She made her way back to her castle.
Her hollers went unanswered:
Queen Aura Lay climbed, pounded, wailed and clawed
Until her hands were bloody;
She slumped to the ground and wept.
Never before had she known trouble,
Never before had she known pain,
Never before had she known hunger,
But now she was dismal: it started to rain.
The life of Aura Lay grew colder,
Each passing day, she grew tired and older.
She wandered listlessly, through forest and moor,
She ate roots and berries; she once fought a boar.
Queen Aura Lay’s god tried to protect her:
She ordered Nature to favor her daughter,
So Nature complied,
But never returned to its previous state,
Nor did Aura Lay return to her sunny estate.
Deranged and dejected, with toes turning blue,
One wintry night, Queen Aura Lay knew
That she was through.
A saddened queen whom no one knew,
No longer able to stay on her feet,
With crashing heart that skipped a beat,
Queen Aura Lay fell to the peat,
And in desolation, where no one knew
The dead Queen Lay.
In the shadow of the shimmering moon,
The Queen Lay dead.
Slivers of silvery hair spread
Over her bluish face like lace
As clouds formed darkly over.
The weeping of the willow,
The sighing of the moan,
The days your future passed away
The laughter turned to groan.
In sympathy for the Queen deceased,
Nature raised her bramble throne,
And ordered all the fauna there,
So that the Queen would not be alone.
The wild winds wept while
The arbor shook their leaves,
And myriads of stars fell
From skies in icy lace,
To form a blanket over her,
And to shroud her queenly face.
Her god stormed the mountains,
Her god raised the sea,
Her god engulfed the castle,
And split Eternity.
Day and Night feuded
To determine which would rule:
With clash of angered soldiers,
With lightening and with thunder,
The god who loved her daughter,
Awakened Aura Lay.
Inflamed with passion,
Queen Aura Lay rose
A strong and noble soldier.
She made allies with woodsmen and seamen,
Who hated the coldness and the dark
That fell upon them, following her eviction.
They cloaked her in royal red velvet,
Smelted a pitchfork magic wand,
And Nature coroneted her with horns.
Then Man, Nature, and God
Emblazoned her with POWER, singing:
“No Queen Bee without a stinger,
No Royalty unprotected be,
And no crime unpunished go.”
With armies stretching
From all the seas, valleys, and mountains,
Queen Aura Lay retook her castle.
The rebels filled their hearts with dread,
For they feared they’d soon be dead.
But Aura Lay, Queen Devil, had compassion,
And Aura Lay, Queen Devil, was wise.
She rebuked them,
But she did not take the rebels’ lives.
This is what the Devil Queen to traitors said:
“Although I was too hard, perhaps,
You also were unfair:
You could have shown me darkness,
But you did not dare.
You could have taught me kindness,
But you did not care.
Although I lived within the light,
You kept me in the dark.
You tried to shoot me down,
But you have missed your mark!
So out into the Wilderness
All of you shall go —–
Until you bring me Tenderness
You shall reap just as you sow:
You shall writhe with Sin and Woe.”
Aura Lay, the Devil Queen,
Rules with Wisdom and with Pride.
You may meet her anywhere,
At any time,
So you should beware,
For shining in the Universe Luminous,
Both Civilized and Natural,
Aura Lay, the Queen Devil
Does Eternally Preside!