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We harvested the grapes in late autumn	
when ripeness of love was at its best,			
but deceit in the time of maturing		
changed the passion to wrath and unrest.	

Acerbic vinegar replaced sweet wine 	
and richness of flavour ceased to be mine.	
Betrayed was the pledge of a tender vine.	

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Syllable count: 10-9-10-9  10-10-10
Rhyme Scheme: a b   c  b   d   d    d  

Novel: Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
Contest: Titles of Novels 
Sponsor: Nette Onclaud
Placed 3rd
© paul callus ~ 10 June 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 6/28/2016 11:23:00 PM
I wasn't apart of the contest (I'm assuming you pick any book title that you wish and write a short poem about it?) ... in any case, this was cleverly done, with the playfulness of the title.
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Date: 6/29/2016 2:39:00 PM
Hi Timothy! The idea was to write about the title, not about the novel itself, thus it was all left to our imagination. // Hope you are well settled in your new environment:) Regards // paul
Date: 6/22/2016 5:37:00 AM
Lovely write, Paul, albeit sad. I hear congrats are in order. I haven't been around much. Please check your inbox.
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Date: 6/29/2016 2:36:00 PM
Thank you Eileen...a week late in replying, but in the meantime I already came across your mail. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. Hugs // paul
Date: 6/20/2016 7:22:00 PM
Great write Paul!
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Date: 6/29/2016 2:32:00 PM
Excuse the late reply Chris; somehow these comments skipped my attention since I forget to look in my Inboxes! Thank you for reading and liking. Regards // paul
Date: 6/17/2016 3:32:00 PM
Wonderfully crafted my lovely nice friend. Good luck in the contest and seven, loved always, bl
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Date: 6/18/2016 8:14:00 AM
Thank you, BL; the wishes and 7 are appreciated. Regards // paul
Date: 6/17/2016 3:31:00 PM
Wonderfully crafted my lovely nice friend. Good luck in the contest and seven, loved always, bl
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Date: 6/16/2016 4:54:00 PM
wow worthy winner, love this Paul,
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Date: 6/16/2016 5:19:00 PM
Your wow means a lot, Harry:) Thank you! ~ Regards // paul
Date: 6/16/2016 11:10:00 AM
You composed this gem brilliant, thanks for sharing. Good luck within..........A.M.
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Date: 6/16/2016 1:54:00 PM
You are too kind, Afolabi! Thank you! ~ Regards // paul
Date: 6/16/2016 2:32:00 AM
..but deceit in the time of maturing...these words can really leave an impact..I know what they reveal..excellent work Paul..!!! I wish to congratulate you before the results are out...A7 and a fav~ Hugs ~ Red
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Date: 6/16/2016 1:58:00 PM
Thank you very much for your generosity, dear Red! Your awaited visits are always lovely and uplifting! Both the high rating and the fav are much appreciated. ~ Hugs ~ paul
Date: 6/16/2016 12:01:00 AM
Bella Bella
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Date: 6/16/2016 12:12:00 PM
Grazie tante, Jai:) Thank you! ~ Regards // paul
Date: 6/15/2016 7:36:00 PM
Wonderfully written, Paul, based on that title! Congratulations on your fine placement in the contest. Sandra
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Date: 6/16/2016 12:10:00 PM
So pleased that you like it, Sandra. Thank you:) ~ Regards // paul
Date: 6/15/2016 1:32:00 AM
Excellent. Great imagery write. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 PM
Glad you stopped by, Ravi; thank you for the 'excellent' comment:) Regards // paul
Date: 6/14/2016 2:52:00 PM
very glad to see this one doing well in the contest.Congrats to you!!
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Date: 6/16/2016 11:16:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea .... shaking hands with you across the podium...:) // paul
Date: 6/14/2016 4:46:00 AM
Hi Paul. Congrats for your placement with this wonderful piece!! ;-)
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Date: 6/16/2016 10:13:00 AM
Thank you, Teddy. ~ All the best...paul
Date: 6/14/2016 3:34:00 AM
excellently written with effortless rhyme that adds power to the gripping tone of your poem, paul... also glad you got in despite the tech problems...thanks for supporting my contest and warm congrats!..huggs
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Date: 6/15/2016 5:26:00 PM
Thank you very much, Nette; your comments and high placing are most uplifting. Always a pleasure to participate in your contests...despite the latest technical hitches:) Big hugs....paul
Date: 6/13/2016 6:15:00 AM
A brillian twrite, Paul. A7. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Date: 6/13/2016 10:44:00 AM
I love your 'brilliant' comment, 7 and wishes, Teppo....thank you! Regards // paul
Date: 6/12/2016 6:00:00 PM
I am in awe Paul. This poem is amazing and I know it will be a top winner. I am faving it my friend! Excellent! #7 ; )
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Date: 6/13/2016 10:42:00 AM
Thank you ever so much, Connie; I truly appreciate your lovely encouraging feedback...and your high rating + fav. ~ Best regards // paul
Date: 6/12/2016 11:34:00 AM
wow, this is so good, Paul - a form I must try too. Belated congrats for the limerick contest. Loved yours, my friend
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Date: 6/12/2016 4:05:00 PM
Thank you, Jack. Hope you're keeping well and active. Always a pleasure to have you visiting. Regards // paul
Date: 6/12/2016 10:27:00 AM
wow, definitely one of my favorites I've seen in this contest. You did the Grapes of Wrath theme so masterfully within this short invented poetry form! I am sure to see this place high!! Glad it got in. We were hanging by a thread, paul!!
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Date: 6/12/2016 3:01:00 PM
You are always so encouraging and supportive, Andrea....thank you!! I wouldn't mind sharing one of the top placements with you:) Cling on!! // paul
Date: 6/12/2016 7:47:00 AM
No worries Paul, the past is long settled and I have been married now for 22 years to an amazing woman.
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Date: 6/12/2016 8:53:00 AM
Now that the dust has settled on the past, may I wish you many more happy years with your present love! // paul
Date: 6/11/2016 11:12:00 PM
That settles it, I will come visit next year! Hopefully the wine will be a better vintage!! :)
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Date: 6/12/2016 7:37:00 AM
I believe it all started with irregular fermentation, Arthur. I will have a go at red wine next year;;;you're welcome to stop by:) // paul
Date: 6/11/2016 8:40:00 AM
I echo Eileen's "Brilliant" you could be describing my first marriage.
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Date: 6/12/2016 6:53:00 AM
Thank you Richard. Sorry to bring you (and Arthur!) back memories. All the best. ~ paul
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Date: 6/11/2016 11:12:00 PM
We had the same wife? :)
Date: 6/11/2016 6:37:00 AM
Brilliant, dear. Good luck in the contest. Hugs
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Date: 6/11/2016 8:25:00 AM
Thank you dear Eileen:) I am glad you have managed to find some self quality time...I know how busy you must be! Hugs // paul
Date: 6/10/2016 6:50:00 PM
Wow!! Paul, this is a winner. Good luck in the contest.
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Date: 6/11/2016 7:31:00 AM
So pleased that you like it, Eve...thank you. Have a nice weekend...hugs ~ paul
Date: 6/10/2016 6:44:00 PM
Paul, this is ''WONDERFUL'' for the contest, best of luck 7+++
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Date: 6/11/2016 7:13:00 AM
Thank you Constance. There is just one flaw....so far I have been unable to enter the contest due to Soup technical hitches! I hope they will find a solution. ~ Regards and enjoy the weekend. ~ paul