two sides of the same coin
if you can hear my voice,
or sense my presence,
then you have entered a world
of stories yet unpleasant
do not bother turning left,
do not bother turning right.
your eyes will only fail to catch me —
for I’m Coy the fairy, leaver of no arresting sight
your futile thinking
has led you to a dateless maze;
you do not know if true love is worth
setting your rightful spirit ablaze
so let me tell you
of Anny and Bill,
two cottage peasants who lived
as earnest as can be, up the western hill
couldn’t part from one another.
they shared the bed, the space, the clothes —
even features of each other
Bill stole Anny’s laugh —
she did the same with his walk.
they even started to look the same
and the townsfolk couldn’t help but gawk
but the couple refused to listen
to the commoners concerns
they were so obsessed and devoted
to the point of no return
you see they’d heard of a witch
yes, a witch on the eastern hill
they said she was not evil or unkind
she even granted wishes to the blind
they decided to pay her a visit,
and ride their donkey under the tropic sun.
when they arrived and entered her house, they plead —
oh witch, please make us unite us as one.
the witch refused;
called them a couple of fools.
“you two are not in need of help
but stupidly blind.
love is about finding your right-hand ally in the chaos of this raging world
love is far from being forever intertwined”
yet the couple did not listen.
they threw a fit and called the witch an old hag.
she raved back and yelled “enough!”
to cast a spell and end their shameful nags
the two lovers were no more
there on the floor
where their shoes used to stand
laid a silver coin
Bill was the head —
Anny, the tails.
the witch mumbled
“let’s see your true colors unveil
now that you are one and the same
two sides of the same coin.
two lovers, who shall never rejoin.”
b.i.w. is the pin-name of an upcoming online poet/writer. Sole founder and creator of the Instagram page @beauty_in_words._ where she built up her following, her content varies from both short and long poems in both modern and traditional style illustrated by other artists on the platform. Her poems have been published in several print and online publications, including witchesnpink, Dizzie magazine, Twist in Time literary Mag, and spoken word scratch night.