"The Sleeping Beauty" by Edward Burne-JonesA Casida by Sam Gilliland The Society April 19, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments From Lost Love & Other Lyrics A casida Sleep, the enemy of inspiration, An unlikely ally that hangs around, With dawn’s rebirth, cause for celebration. Dreams, their rites of passage are at my feet, There refuge lies in the revelation of sound, An archipelago, where lovers meet. A young heroine, hopelessly engaged, Upbraids the sun, its bright carousel Bewitches a heart in which love is caged. Her tethered breasts tingle with sheer desire Candour deserts caution for amour’s spell, Passion’s a vassal, with her flesh on fire. The tenderness of time is flung aside, And bountiful the sighs of young love’s oath, Avidly she waits, open arms held wide. Voluptuous lips, lurid with kisses, Promise fidelity, enough for both; He, Cupid’s kiss cruelly dismisses. © Sam Gilliland Residing in Scotland, Sam Gilliland is a champion of Lallans (the Scottish language) poetry and a recipient of Sangschaw’s prestigious MacDiarmid Tassie. With three previous collections of poetry published his work in Scots includes A Rickle O Banes (Penny Wheep Press). Founder/Secretary of Ayrshire Writers & Artists Society the organisation became the home of The Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, to which he devoted twenty eight years of his life as co-administrator and judge. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 4 Responses James Sale April 19, 2018 So well crafted; so sensual and sensuous indeed; more first rate poetry from Sam Gilliland – always a treat to read. Reply David Hollywood April 20, 2018 Beautifully suggestive and aesthetic, and wonderfully paced. Reply Sam Gilliland April 29, 2018 I thank you, James, and wish you well with your own inspiring work. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Sam Gilliland April 29, 2018 Yes, David; it is heartening to hear from someone who knows exactly what the casida conveys. It is a form, along with the gacela, that I am fond of using; albeit in good taste. Aye & aye, Sam. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.