The Gargoyles – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I was made to rule the darkness.” Rae Hachton

The Gargoyles 

Near the witching hour
the Bell & Candle spewed life into the
streets of thick winters night,
she, he, arm in arm, dared the other,
a walk along darkling stream's thickets
to cold cathedral cemetery where
death's sting rang off the stone in
heavy mortal silence, stilling all but
leaping imaginations of shadows,
she, he, stole kisses in mocking  laughter 
beneath the angry walls of judgement,
she, he, succumbed to the ancient spell
of heated congress as above them
narrow eyed gargoyles leered near,
she, he, stumbled onwards home,
she looking back to footfalls sounding,
he hearing nothing, blithely, blindly,
fell behind as she hastened to her bed,
while ever the footfalls pounding,
her heart pulsing, stretched naked.
In the morning she stroked his 
impassive face looking for life, 
where in that one glorious hour,
stone had enfleshed its leering lust.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under erotic, Free Verse, Gothic, passion, poem, quote

59 responses to “The Gargoyles – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This Gothic imagery is amazing… ❤

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  2. I love the supernatural elements of this lusty poem. Very original!

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  3. sanaarizvi

    My goodness this is incredibly breathtaking! 💝 Especially love; “stilling all but leaping imaginations of shadows, she, he, stole kisses in mocking laughter beneath the angry walls of judgement.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 😀

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  4. The perfect statue and the mortal’s lust – a marvellous mythic piece Paul

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  5. Oh, I love this… you really capture a dark story here.. sometimes you simply have to run before it’s too late.

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  6. Very Gothic and very atmospheric!

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  7. The gargoyles have exacted a very high price for that heated congress.

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  8. Chillingly Gothic and I like the repetition of ‘she, he’ at the start of the lines.

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  9. Beverly Crawford

    Gargoyles no doubt have stories to tell. I have to comment that the word “congress” and its varied definitions has always fascinated me …. and I sometimes think there’s a lot of congress in Congress. What think you?

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  10. I really enjoyed this poem, Paul. I have a soft spot for gargoyles – there are two small ones in our cottage. Your setting is darkly Gothic, and I love the lines:
    ‘death’s sting rang off the stone in
    heavy mortal silence, stilling all but
    leaping imaginations of shadows’.


  11. Hey, meets my thoughts too. 😉 Sometimes we have to endure the darkness, for better loving the light. Michael

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  12. the cost of lust …
    you set the scene so dark
    now I need a walk in the park!

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  13. Lady Smith

    I Love Gargoyles💙and This was a Perfect Poem and very much Gothic but written with a Classic Touch🤓☺

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  14. Lady Smith

    I’m delighted☺Thanks Mr Paul🤓

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  15. Your poetry is beautiful and so often very profound.


  16. Very interesting poetry! Enjoyed reading every word and line.

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  17. Charis Counselling

    This is so well crafted it could be the beginning of a book or short story – it totally drew me in


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  18. Love it – thanks for sharing 🙂

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