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Cyrille
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Currently Reading: American Archery by Robert P Elmer; How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher

PostPosted: Monday, 15 February 2016, 10:02 AM    Post subject: The Rose of Lesbos Reply with quote

The wind blows soft
o'er the sand where the
ribs of a ship wreck stand stark
on the strand.

'neath the leaves
of a wide fig tree
the lone survivor,
a young sailor sleeps peacefully.


Not far from that strand
of sun bright sand
the temple of Aphrodite
rises tall and grand*

Though it's hid from the eyes
of the sailor asleep
it's interior is fragrant
with roses strewn deep

These roses are sacred,
for thornless they be
as a priestess with bared feet
treads upon them painlessly.

She is Sappho
Matron ruler of the Isle
as she looks toward the strand
her lips curl in a smile.

Renown for her knowledge
in the arts of amour
she'll enthrall the young sailor
with her infamous allure.

Like the Goddess Calypso
of Odyssey fame, she'll hold
him, enfold him let him believe
he's king of the game!

In the end she'll prevail
for from this Isle he'll never set sail.
Once he enters the roseate vail
of Sappho, Rose of Lesbos

* grand... in the French meaning of large

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PostPosted: Monday, 15 February 2016, 12:52 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful, Cyrille!!
Peggy

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PostPosted: Monday, 08 August 2016, 14:36 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

AWESOME WRITE CYRILLE

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