Metre Monday – “The Mad Arab”

13 Aug

Mother had a courtly jester

Mother liked to watch him dance.

Mother suffered none to test her

Mother kills you at a glance.

 

There is dark behind the dawn,

Ai-ya ai-ya ai-ya yi,

The Mad Arab dances on,

Ai-ya ai-ya ai-ya yi.

 

Mother tired of her jester,

Mother ordered him to die.

Mother watched his body fester

As his pyre licked the sky.

 

There is dark behind the dawn,

Ai-ya ai-ya ai-ya yi,

The Mad Arab dances on,

Ai-ya ai-ya ai-ya yi.

 

Mother dreamt of demons prancing,

Mother woke in dead of night.

Mother saw her jester dancing

Mother dearest died of fright.

 

There is dark behind the dawn,

Ai-ya ai-ya ai-ya yi,

The Mad Arab dances on,

Ai-ya ai-ya ai-ya yi.

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