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The Credenza

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The Credenza


Gold goblet lifts steadily to yielding lips,
his reservations are buried deep within.
Ornate credenza displays one yellow tulip
waning as holy water cleanses him from sin.

His reservations are buried deep within.
The servant fears he's not pious enough.
Waning, as holy water cleanses him from sin,
prayers for his lord rise like wings from a bluff.

The servant fears he's not pious enough
for service by hands of faith and devotion.
Prayers for his lord rise like wings from a bluff
dipped in wine laced with pernicious potion.

For service by hands of faith and devotion,
ornate credenza displays one yellow tulip.
Dipped in wine laced with pernicious potion,
gold goblet lifts steadily to yielding lips.

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  1. Date: 9/6/2012 2:22:00 PM
    wow, you've made this look so easy, Rhonda - I really struggle with this form! Many congrats on all your wins : )

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 1:47:00 PM
    wow, a delightful poetic potion that pulled me in, rhonda... you never fail to amaze your readers!!..: huggs!

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 2:47:00 PM
    that's a beautiful expressed poem, nice rhyme and form, I enjoyed reading it,God bless you.Hugs!Erich.

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 5:11:00 AM
    Absolutely brilliant Rhonda!! what a classy pantoum on this tradition you describe, you have enlightened me. Awesome write, very poetic. Reflects true genius in you.

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 5:06:00 AM
    what can one say, that has not be said below, this is wonderful Rhonda, your imagery is superb, you never disappoint. awesome!

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 4:54:00 PM
    Classicly well done.

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 10:07:00 AM
    Mercy me...Absolutely brilliant, Rhonda...I have tried this form with absolutely no luck at all!...YOU sure do have it down pat!...as always thank you for your kind comments and support...coming from you that means a lot! - Tim

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 7:48:00 AM
    Great work..I hope that he survived the poison...Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for stopping by...Your kind review was greatly appreciated...Sara

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 7:22:00 AM
    Ohhh most excellent and you have mastered this form one wee tiny bit of help? perhaps even stronger in present tense? TRy take a look and then decide? My silly hmmmm well LOL would it be such a bad world a bad place if more folks Hmmmm'ed? LOL Light & Love a fan!

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 7:21:00 AM
    What a brilliant write my friend, simply brilliant! I just love your chosen lines as when they repeat they flow perfectly into the next stanza! You did very well with this write, perfect piece, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 6:34:00 AM
    You have pantoumed this to perfection Rhonda, it;s lovely I especially like the single yellow tulip as I repetitive verse, xxxx vie

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 5:09:00 AM
    Looking at furniture online, I accidentally came across the origin of the credenza. The Italian word credenza* means belief or confidence. The act of credenza - for a servant to taste the food and drink of a lord or other important person such as a pope or cardinal to ensure his food was not poisoned. I thought the history was quite interesting, so I wrote this poem...