Dulcinea Disenchanted

Poetry

Jay Sizemore
Nov 22, 2020 · 2 min read
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~apologies to Cervantes, written for my friend, George Love

On my deathbed, she came to me,
Dulcinea del Toboso,
peasant girl made maiden fair,
after I’d given up my armor,
convinced my madness
invented her beauty
like pale feathered swans
conjured from the thinnest of air.

On the sixth day, she strode
into my room
as if gliding on currents
of indescribable clouds,
and she cupped my weakening heart
within her pallid, angelic palms,
whispering to me,
Not yet. Not yet, Sir Don Quixote,
your madness is but a blessing
and the world beats
within the chambers
of your self-made mythology.

Let me love you now
as you’ve always desired to be,
let us live among the sheep herds
and the hillocks of green,
I am here, your promise kept
your obligation fulfilled.

And I surveyed the moment
for any sign of malignancy,
my friends surrounded
and waiting,
Sancho Panza for once bereft
of proverbs,
as the priest seemed bereft
of prayer or psalm,

and I felt my strength
like a sudden wind
return,
as I spoke up, my words
brimming with hopeful resolve,
Oh, Dulcinea, my sweet sweet dream
at last made manifest,
it would be my greatest honor
to live and to love thee,
for to stay here
and partake of such treasures
would be the greatest
of all my Earthly
and misbegotten adventures.

And so Don Quixote, Knight of the Lions,
lifted from his slumber,
and lived happily
the rest of his peace-filled days.

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Jay Sizemore

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Provocative truth teller, author of 14 poetry collections. Cat dad. Dog dad. Currently working from Portland, Oregon. Learn more at: Jaysizemore.com.

Loose Words

A poetry publication brought to you by Assemblage to capture all of your disconnected thoughts and let them find their form.

Jay Sizemore

Written by

Provocative truth teller, author of 14 poetry collections. Cat dad. Dog dad. Currently working from Portland, Oregon. Learn more at: Jaysizemore.com.

Loose Words

A poetry publication brought to you by Assemblage to capture all of your disconnected thoughts and let them find their form.

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