Lystria’s Ballad


Okay, so technically this is NOT a NaPoWriMo selection, nor is it anything I normally do today. My Timehop app reminded me of a time 5 years ago when I wrote a sonnet for my perennial World of Warcraft character, Lystria Densine. As you might have guessed, The True Lystria (and my WordPress screen name) came from her!

Since then I’ve just become that anime guy, and I don’t play much in the way of video games anymore. But if you wanted to know of a time when I was more depressed and less focused on what I wanted to do with my life, here’s the sonnet that I unearthed from my Faceboook account!

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Original Sonnet: “This Smile”


For those who don’t know me very well, I love reading and writing sonnets; and at least at one point in my life, I used to write a lot of them. This one in particular, I was experimenting with using the Shakespearean style backwards.


“This Smile” by yours truly.

Originally written 4 September 2007.


How lovely is that crescent of your lips;

That accent on your bust, so free of chips?


This perfect curvature upon your face

Projects such loving personality.

And all the earth found comfort from your grace;

Commenced with this smile of tranquility.


Your gentle gestures brought me close to you.

I thought this friendship would go one more step…

But truly, one and one, does not make two

For we’d have global burdens you would schlep.


Why must this smile match this attractive belle?

Shall I inherit your collective ends?

I cannot love you, woman, lest you tell

That you can love me, too; or we’ll be friends.


Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, folks.