Sonnet 247

Love conquered, though I fought valiantly
Until my heart no longer stood the pain,
And there I stooped, head bowed on bended knee
As she put on the heavy gold linked chain;
‘I am your slave I said, your slave for life.
You are said she, for this and that beyond!
Show mercy! I have a child and a wife!
No more, my dear, they won’t be there for long.’
I was well treated, every want indulged
Though day by day the bonds did heavier grow;
Awash in wine, dark secrets she divulged,
I pined each day for life I used to know;
To shocked surprise gold links began to rust
And then it dawned, this love was naught but lust.

© Loubert S Suddaby. All Rights Reserved.

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