PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN – (11g) – The Luna King

~ Piper At The Gates Of Dawn – (11g) – The Luna King ~ By ~ Dewin Nefol ~


The Luna King is awakening upon the midnight hour.

Lunacy now comes for him in the solitude of his bower:

Madness slips her leash to come rushing helter-skelter,

Abandoning all sense to be with the Poet who will melt her.

So eager is she to please him: to make him subservient to her will,

To flutter his Kingly feathers to flatter his grubby quill, and on

the last stroke of midnight to climb out of the proverbial well,

Flesh some flash and show some form,

To get the inky nib to spill.


Artwork/Photography/Composition ~ By ~ Dewin Nefol ~



6 thoughts on “PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN – (11g) – The Luna King

    • Namaste Opher 🙂

      Lunacy fleshes far too much flash for me to ever stop spilling ink on the page.

      Red Lovers and Peace. Namaste 🙂


  1. I will be back soon Dewin, My own feathers have done enough fluttering for one evening LOL.. And another wonderful muse.. And fabulous images.. 🙂 Have a Splendorous New Year.. And Keep away from any dark alleys where any stray dogs might gather… 🙂 🙂
    Sue 🙂

    • Good morning Sue, Namaste 🙂

      You’ve been amazing to get to this step on the stairway in one sitting! 😀 I was just saying as much on my previous comment: in that I’ve enjoyed discussion here in the comments box in response to your consideration and readership. Grateful as ever to share your company, thank you – your feathers have earned their rest for today 🙂 I’ll look forward to your return when next you frequent Castle Deeply…no need to knock just walk straight in, there’s no dog on the door just a big cat always happy and purring 🙂

      Curious as it is, the picture responds as much to external influence as it does to the poem itself. It’s been a roller-coaster year and the lunacy of it all compounded with the poem and the surge of the Red Kite up the staircase. I was busy here on WP posting and trying to keep up with the blast of energy and enthusiasm building inside me. From that energetic chaos was born the Luna King, although I was going to call him the Winter King but found his image lost something when I diminished it with snow effect. I’ve tried to compress a number of ideas into the picture, all centred around the moon, night, colour and other continued themes around darkness and illumination.

      I think there’s also some degree of reference made indirectly to Georgia O’Keeffe’s, Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory: a study in life and death and themes pursuing perpetuation continuity and the mysteries contained there-in. I certainly like O’Keefe’s work: her use and application of colour are sumptuous and controlled. The face of an animal that peers through the figure is a curiosity still in that I can’t recall if I was going to add horn or not. I’m going to suggest that I didn’t consider and that the figure would thus take on a feminine guise adding depth and mystery to the Risen Luna King. He is empowered, perhaps even driven by some unknowable enticing mystery to rise because of the face within him. I think of him as a fresh bright shiny new full moon Luna King. There might also be some element of word-play in Luna King instead of Luna-tic: a rather grim term for madness once thought resulting from exposure to the Full Moon. I love the madness of a full Moon and the chaos that ensues but can’t always control the ferocity or the effect on me 😉

      Another curiosity in that whilst replying to your comments today I came across two lines by W.B Yeats describing the ‘allure’ of the Moon: ‘The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies, Of the dark leopards of the moon?’ I think it eloquent, exciting and enticing as well as roguish and ponderously descriptive of the darker side of the Moon. Yeats was obviously an incurable romantic 🙂

      ‘And Keep away from any dark alleys where any stray dogs might gather. lol 🙂 I will Sue, I always do, a Knight of Cups always does lol 🙂

      Thank you for being a frequent flyer here at Dewin’s: yesterday was quite a stint of reading and I wasn’t at all surprised you fluttered to a close. I’ve enjoyed chatting and thinking my way trough replies, thank you…reflecting on the poem is rewarding 🙂 Have a lovely day…perhaps paths will cross later today and if not, they will early in the NY. Have a fabulous evening full of fun and magical wishes. Take care.

      Love and Peace. Namaste 🙂


      • I enjoyed my visit Dewin and will endeavour to settle into the Luna landscape again in a few moments time. Once my own comments lists is empty. Yes Yeats, a romantic.. And the lure of the Moon has lead many down the path of romance and madness, or do they come hand in hand? 😉
        I am so pleased your artist journey is taking on a new ‘face’ My own art I will share some brush strokes in the new year.. For now I am busy model making, a tedious greenhouse filled with all manner of goodies. which has to be built piece by piece with tweezers and glue.. The time this morning went flying but then so did my patience, when a piece of wire would not bend to the correct measurements, Even though I have needle-nose pliers, and a tiny set of shelves ended up wonky, so I started again.. 🙂 A gift my daughter thought would go well for my granddaughters Barbie dolls, But even she did not expect it to be so intricate. And I think it will be deserving of going in a display cabinate when in a month of Sundays, it will be finished, No barbies will dare go near it, Or the Wicked Gran will chase her away after all the trouble she is going to to build it LOL.. 🙂
        But joking apart, I am loving it.. And loving reading your poems

        Right now where was I…
        See you before the Bell Tolls in the Castle Deeply.. 🙂

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