An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix
Please find below a poetic cryptic crossword. A very tiny cryptic crossword, because each cryptic clue is a poem. I must beg your indulgence in advance...since this is a tag mix, I felt the need to balance my respect for the form, rhyme and meter of the poetry against the Ximenean purity of the cryptic clues. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!
Verges on pink, evenly.
You, becoming I?
Arthur's first sword, took from stone,
Left England at the last.
Retrogressing to the home,
where ships that founder rest.
It's a thing you will see in this rhyme
Thirteen-fold if your counting's sublime.
With a piece of your neck
Held to keep you in check,
Mark off all but the last one, this time.
Of all the kine and goats I got
from her Pop at our weddin',
tuberculous head, heart are found
in male kid, upsettin'
animals freshwater, inverterbrate flailing, unaging, radiating microorganism, monster, making, myth alternating, tumbling, voiding dolor, almost everywhere
An em'rald, on a sapphire sea,
Long held in bond, but now is free
To nadir, abrogating plea
At last, unchained o'er blasted lea
left us behind.
held in reserve.
Wound from which heart has passed;
sheltering, wherein caught
By wicked lady. Cast
into a bit of thought,
lyrical, measured 'gainst
prosody, past and hence
5A should be parsed as (4,3). 3D is an unusual modification of a common word, while 7A is fairly obscure. But also keep in mind that I really took the poetry tag to heart when writing this. In keeping with the poetry theme, there is certainly lyrical license taken, but I tried to keep it in definitions, both for the answers and for words that may be used in wordplay.
OLD INCORRECT CLUE
Former clue for 3D, left here to remind me of my blunder:
on your promise?
left us behind.
without an end?