Wednesday 5 June 2013

The Maid's Lament

Words for Wednesday

Delores from ‘The Feathered Nest’ offers six words (actually, she’s gone overboard this week and given us twelve to choose from. Twelve!! J) as a writing prompt – bovine, clandestine, divine, engine, enshrine, incline, leonine, machine, pine, ravine, recline, valentine.  

Why not visit her and see what other writing has been inspired?

The Maid's Lament

He said our love would be enshrined,
He said our love would last –
He said, ‘To wed I am inclined’ –
The fatal die was cast.

His honeyed words seduced me,
We met near the ravine,
A clandestine arrangement -
He feared we might be seen.

I thought he looked so leonine,
He said I was divine,
And on the tallest broadest pine
He carved our valentine.

The engine of his passion
Beat hard within his breast,
At least that’s what he told me –
I know you’ll guess the rest.

Upon the greensward I reclined,
He took my hand in his;
What bliss was this, a simple kiss –
My fate was now defined.

For what came next was no surprise,
Except to this poor maid,
Like tables, eggs and groaning ghosts
I had been truly laid.


  1. Oh my goodness you are a wordsmith, and it seems you did this with such ease. Did it flow or did you have to work and rework? Fun!

  2. That brought a smile to my face, lovely use of difficult words and that last line, well! Brilliant.

  3. Oh I love this, Janice. The last line really is inspired. LOL.

  4. Holy Crow...what a great job. I love the poem and imagine using ten of the twelve words.

  5. Thank you all. I confess that doggerel comes quite readily to me - shallow, superficial creature that I am:-)

  6. So romantic with a "maid" can only be a married man, lol !

  7. OH, that was just brilliant! Grrrreat job!

    (Your cats in the header are adorable.)

  8. Janice, you are truly gifted! Wow! What a fabulous poem!

  9. Ha, wonderful. Sometimes it doesn't hurt to know how a tale will end!!

  10. Cute rhyme.
    I feared the worst for the poor maid, so I was not surprised.

  11. Have to confess the last verse caught me by surprise. Excellent poem.

  12. I am in awe of your talent! This is so brilliantly amusing. Now, how on earth do I even attempt one after that?!

  13. Ah yes, isn't this how we all get laid? Great poem.


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