lust & lies

A quadrille for dVerse Poets on theme of “sleep”….


things got hot in egypt

when potiphar’s wife urged
young servant joseph
“come, sleep with me!”

he refused to dishonor master;
resisted by fleeing without cloak
which became false evidence

potiphar’s wife deceitfully
cried “rape!” which swiftly
landed joseph in slammer

integrity is costly!

painting ofJoseph and Potiphar’s Wife” by Guido Reni, 17th century

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ben Alexander
    May 18, 2022 @ 05:17:34

    less costly if the Biblical God is on your side 😉

    I enjoyed this poem, Lynn!



  2. Smitha V
    May 17, 2022 @ 21:00:06

    I didn’t know this story but, got to know of it from your comment to Selma. Loved the quadrille/ekphrastic poem. Thank you for stopping by my blog, Lynn.


  3. msjadeli
    May 17, 2022 @ 16:20:07

    I hope karma got the deceitful one. Glad Joseph was rewarded, but still, she needs a consequence…


  4. Gillena Cox
    May 17, 2022 @ 11:52:20

    Wow. Well told Lynn.
    Happy you dropped by my blog.



  5. rothpoetry
    May 17, 2022 @ 08:56:28

    Very well done, Lynn. A lesson to be learned!


  6. sarahsouthwest
    May 17, 2022 @ 07:19:29

    This is a great retelling of the story – so direct – it feels like a hot news flash.


  7. writingwhatnots
    May 17, 2022 @ 03:56:48

    Naughty Zuleikha! Great biblical quadrille Lynn.


  8. SelmaMartin
    May 17, 2022 @ 03:51:06

    Lust and Lies. Wickedness. I don’t know that story. Hope the young man didn’t have to pay the price for that woman’s lust&lies. Hope she grew a conscience and apologized. Wicked.
    Thanks for sharing. Loved your quadrille. 👏


    • lynn__
      May 17, 2022 @ 08:00:32

      An epic story from the Bible…Joseph’s life ends well, as ruler of Egypt and reunited with family. Thanks for your appreciation, Selma!


  9. paeansunplugged
    May 16, 2022 @ 22:46:48

    What an amazing tale! Integrity at any cost is worth it!


  10. memadtwo
    May 16, 2022 @ 20:28:48

    Still, we must answer to our own conscience. (K)


  11. Rob Kistner
    May 16, 2022 @ 19:06:35

    Sure can work at that way at times Lynn.


  12. Becoming His Tapestry
    May 16, 2022 @ 18:37:04

    Yes, yes 🙌🏽 it is; integrity is costly


  13. Carol Congalton
    May 16, 2022 @ 18:27:51

    Very good!


  14. writingpresence
    May 16, 2022 @ 18:05:53

    Quite, quite amazing! What a quadrillion of Biblical connections that I am renewing from my Sunday School past! Thank you x


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