Joan of Arc, c.1900 by Wolfram Onslow Ford, (1879–1956).

Fareeda

I wage the war against your demon’s reign;
& fight in you, with you through the unsaid.
I claim your heart and claiming is my bane.

I barter lives leaving my breath to wane.
I utterly trade thine by mine instead.
I wage the war against your demon’s reign.

I kiss despair goodnight to welcome pain.
& hug all hell to burn far from your head.
I claim your heart and claiming is my bane.

I tell my heart: “My heart, Undo each vein,
& wrap her from those demons, she may dread.”
I wage the war against your demon’s reign.

I beg the life in me, I hopelessly sustain,
To stay by you unceasingly as you tread.
I claim your heart and claiming is my bane.

& though from life, My life, I freely abstain,
I can no longer save you once I’m dead.
I wage the war against your demon’s reign;
I claim your heart and claiming is my bane.

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