Written for ^fllnthblnks Sestina contest. [link]
This. Was. Work.
Doesnt help that I decided to make it more difficult for myself
Theres a rhyme scheme in there. And a set syllable count. And polyptoton. But lets not go into that
I chose to write a Horror-inspired sestina. So, to give an overview of the story:
Theres a fiend whose late master gave him one final command: Give my love an open grave. Basically, the woman - his muse" - was rotting away in a dungeon and the dude thought that, at least in death, she should be somewhere in the open. (I know
cheery.) So the fiend goes down to the dungeon, picks up the dead woman, and starts going back up to the top of the castle. At one point, he considers just chucking her in a random hole, but hes a very loyal fiend. So he gets to the top of a tower and lobs her off, at which point, a scream thats been in her lungs for years finally escapes. And Mr Fiend returns to the dungeon.
^^ I tried to use a more archaic tone for this one
(blame the Metaphysical poets and the Romantics
). Anyway. Huzzah for sestinas! The first proper one I wrote! (since the others didnt actually meet the proper requirements T-T)