Nomad

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

PART ONE

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin.
They fitted with never a wrinkle. His boots were up to the thigh.
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard.
He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred.
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim the ostler listened. His face was white and peaked.
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
But he loved the landlord’s daughter,
The landlord’s red-lipped daughter.
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say—

“One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”

He rose upright in the stirrups. He scarce could reach her hand,
But she loosened her hair in the casement. His face burnt like a brand
As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
(O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.

PART TWO

He did not come in the dawning. He did not come at noon;
And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise of the moon,
When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,
A red-coat troop came marching—
Marching—marching—
King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead.
But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed.
Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!
There was death at every window;
And hell at one dark window;
For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest.
They had bound a musket beside her, with the muzzle beneath her breast!
“Now, keep good watch!” and they kissed her. She heard the doomed man say—
Look for me by moonlight;
Watch for me by moonlight;
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!

She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years
Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

The tip of one finger touched it. She strove no more for the rest.
Up, she stood up to attention, with the muzzle beneath her breast.
She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;
For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
Blank and bare in the moonlight;
And the blood of her veins, in the moonlight, throbbed to her love’s refrain.

Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horsehoofs ringing clear;
Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The red coats looked to their priming! She stood up, straight and still.

Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!
Nearer he came and nearer. Her face was like a light.
Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

He turned. He spurred to the west; he did not know who stood
Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own blood!
Not till the dawn he heard it, and his face grew grey to hear
How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high.
Blood red were his spurs in the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat;
When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.

. . .

And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
A highwayman comes riding—
Riding—riding—
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard.
He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred.
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

I know that’s a long read, but believe me, it’s so worth it! This poem has captivated me for so many years and I just felt that this picture had this kind of mood. No, I’m not the landlord’s black eyed daughter, but I can relate to her self sacrifice, mainly because I would do anything for the people I love. I hope it would never come to that, that I have to kill myself to save anyone, but I truly would give up my life to save someone I love. Yea, I know it sounds kind of trite, and easy to say because it hasn’t come to that, but look at the people who have lost their lives, doing the most heroic of things, and not just for people they love, but for complete strangers. The people that are completely selfless when in situations that hard choices must be made, and are done in the blink of an eye, and the ones who survive these miracles will say they’d do it again with no thought of their own safety. I can only hope I act in this way if ever in this situation. I guess a person never knows how they’ll react when in dangerous situations, but I hope I’m the one helping in any way I can, instead of leading the charge, running in the opposite direction as fast as I can while yelling, ‘Run Away!’.

This shot has a lot in it, but what I really want to show is that I’m in, what I call, the master bedroom of the ‘Galveston’ home from Galland Homes. It’s part of the February Builder’s Box, which is still available in-world or on Market Place. This house has a land impact of 128 with two extremely spacious rooms for decorating ease. I’m in the second smaller room, which I’ve made into a master bedroom, complete with a fireplace and 5 windows in 3 directions, making for some amazing views while enjoying some privacy. The larger room also has a fireplace and with it’s many windows and vaulted ceilings it really makes it so versatile for many decorating styles. The front door opens out onto a small porch with a nice railing, perfect for watching the sunset in your rocking chair! Here’s a closer look at the outside!

I’m sitting sadly here, using the ‘Careless Whispers’ pose from the ‘Heartache’ pose sets from Le Poppycock. There’s 2 sets, each with 6 thoughtful or sad poses with rose pose props for that lost love. They’re available at the current round of The Chapter Four.

I have a lot of decor out here, so I’m going to keep it simple and run down what’s what and from who! 😀

‘Repurposed Barnwood Frame’ & ‘Repurposed Barnwood Shelf’- [QE] Designs (I added a texture of ‘The Gleaners’ by Jean-François Millet)
‘Sepia Peonies, 02’- NOMAD
‘Stockholm Bed’, ‘Sneakers Decor, female’, & ‘Bedroom Curtain’- ~BAZAR~
‘Wood Speakers’, ‘Wood Turntable’, ‘Good Music Holder’, ‘Trunk’- ..::THOR::..
‘Truly Madly Deeply sign’- NACH Home & Furnishings
‘Rainy Day Table Lamp,bright’, ‘The Sky is the Limit, frame,moon’, ‘Curiousity Bell Jar, egg’, & ‘Fall Roses 03’, – [keke]
‘Hanne Fireplace Tools & Logs’- {what next}
‘Romantic Winter Candles’- ONE DECOR
‘attic storage gacha 4’ and ‘look through the window gacha 1 & 2’- Haikei
‘Framed Picture, Let Them Eat Cake'(gacha)- Tres Blah
‘Spiral Egg’ & ‘Spring Pineapple Egg, RARE Spring Fountain’- The Half Moon Market
‘Sunday Morning Decorative Pillows’- ARIA
‘fresh rose tea’ & ‘Woodland Dreams, feather incense’- Dust Bunny

I’m wearing the ‘Lace Crop Top’ from ISON, the ‘Boyfriend Jeans, dark wash’ from fashionably dead, and the ‘Junghwa’ hair from MONSO. The look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

Road Trip: Day 4

Well, it’s day four of our trip and this morning started off uneventful! But, that soon changed when we went to load up the car and found it with a flat tire! A flat tire doesn’t bother me in the least, I’ve changed a few in the past and I’m actually almost as fast as a Nascar pit crew! Once I got that done and got cleaned up we were on our way! We’ll have to find a place to fix the spare, now that it’s a flat spare, but that’s not a big deal! So, we got the car loaded, all the must haves within easy reach for the day ahead! We’re going ‘old skool’ on this trip and we have a bunch of mixed tapes all made up for this adventure! We go over the checklist before we head out: coffee-check, kleenex-check. big thermos of ice water-check check, Werther’s Originals-double check, Cosmopolitan to do the sex quizzes-checkarooni! It looks like we’re about ready to go, so we fasten our belts, start the car and wave goodbye to the town that was home for a night! I push the cassette into the player and out blasts Ch-ch-ch-changes by David Bowie, so we burst into song and smile wide as the miles start flying by! It’s time to ‘turn and face the strange’! 😀 The time passes pleasantly and we’re needing a pee break, so the next gas station we come to we pull in, in a cloud of dust, and get the key to the restroom and do our business! I’m not one to stop and not get a cup of coffee, so I refill my go-cup and we’re on our way again! The day is getting warm, we have the windows down and our hair is covering our faces as we sing. The windshield is a myriad of bug guts, and just as we point out a particularly scenic vista, something zips past my head and into the back seat! I’m not sure what it was, but I know it’s not good! We both look back, seeing if we can find the unexpected intruder and as we both spot it at the same time, we shriek, ‘GRASSHOPPER’! Oh my gawd…..just then it hops up towards the front and I’m in a panic! I’m swatting and jumping up and down as much as I can and we’re both screaming! You see, we’ve both been completely terrified of grasshoppers all our lives! I know, I know….it’s only a bug, but we can’t help it!! My cup of coffee is forgotten as my arms wave wildly and my cup lands on my lap and slowly seeps out onto my pants leg then drops lazily to the floor leaving a trail of coffee in it’s wake! Now I have more to worry about than a grasshopper. I get control of myself enough to get the car pulled over onto the shoulder and we evacuate the car like our lives depend on it! The grasshopper has ended up on the passengers seat, and since it’s not my side I point at it and say, ‘come on, get it outa there!’. At first I don’t think she’s going to comply but she bravely reaches in with her shoe and starts whaling away at it! I guess catch and release wasn’t in her plan!! She flicks it onto the drivers seat with her fingers and laughs as I flip her the bird! The grasshopper is disposed of and my cup of coffee is still laying on the floor beside the clutch, all dusty and grimy! My new pants now have a huge coffee stain on them, and I’m not not looking as fresh as I was when we left! We’re ready to continue on our way now and as I put it into gear and prepare to pull away, the car stalls! I turn the key and am rewarded with nothing, just the cranking sound as it fails to fire! I look at her, she looks at me and I try again! Nothing, I shrug and grab my phone. I just hope the tow truck driver is good looking! We get someone to tow the car to town and we find a shop to fix it, the tow truck driver was an old guy, but very nice! Here’s the picture taken of me just after we got the car into the shop! We’ve found a motel to stay at and it’s next door to a bar named ‘Roadhouse’, so it looks like we’re going to have a good night!!

This scene and entry into the travel log all came about from the ‘Live Free’ A & B pose sets from Le Poppycock! This set is one of my favourites and I’m going to be sitting on and leaning against cars and trucks for the rest of the summer! Each set has six poses including a pose ball a static pose and a pose ball for heels when needed! It’s available at the July round of Collabor88 which runs until the end of the month! While you’re at C88 you should grab the ‘Vintage Roadtrip Car’ from NOMAD, which I’m using here! I’ve always loved the old Volkswagen Beetles!

As for my outfit! I made a few purchases while I was at Collabor88, including the ‘Roadie Capris’ from Maddict! They’re fitted for the Lara mesh body from Maitreya, the Hourglass body from SLink, and the Isis and Freya mesh bodies from Belleza and the fatpack includes twelve colours, with or without the coffee stain! The coffee stain was a no brainer for me! It’s usually part of my outfit!

The ‘Cozumel Top’ is also at C88 and it’s from Emery! It comes in seven colours and fits the Lara mesh body from Maitreya!

My shoes are the perfect travelling footwear! The ‘Katrine Heels’ from Ingenue are available now at Summerfest’17. They’re compatible with the SLink and Maitreya mid feet and come in twelve colours, this is ‘saddle’.

The ‘My Hair Suzy’ hair is from [monso] and, like said, made a ‘few’ purchases at Collabor88, to say the least! This is from the black and white pack!

As usual I’m wearing the Lilo bento mesh head from Catwa with the Luna skin in ‘peche’ tone from Avada, along with the Lara mesh body from Maitreya and the mid feet from SLink.

The ‘Coffee Cup, plain’ is from floorplan but the gacha is available at the Consignment & brocante main store!

Now, the garage that we ended up taking the car to get fixed was suggested by the tow truck driver, so I hope he does good work! But, he seems to keep a cluttered work area. I’ve got my suitcase out of the trunk, which is in the front of the car, for anyone who doesn’t know that about a Beetle, and the suitcase is from the ‘On the Road’ gacha set from (Milk Motion). The “Gasoline Cans’ and the ‘Pop Machine’ in the background, ‘Gentlemen’s restroom’ sign and the ‘RX9-1000 Boombox’ are from 7 Emporium, one of my favourite places to find neat and quirky things! From Consignment is the Oil Bottles, Tool Chest, Wood Poster, and Industrial Fan from The Garage Collection gacha set! The ‘Trash Can for Ash’, ‘Ice Cream’ vending machine, and ‘Factory Chair’ are from various gacha sets from Soy. The ‘Big Clock’ is from The Industrial Side gacha set from APT B. The ‘Safety First’ safety station is from the ‘Home Improvement’ gacha set from Second Spaces. The ‘Exit’ sign is from NOMAD.

I’m inside the bays for the firetrucks in the ‘Central Fire Station’ from KraftWork. It’s a brilliant design and with all the room in it, it could be turned into anything!