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Love's Ruby Chalice

by jolen casper

A serf to another's green field and vine
In menial strife toil 'til day is done
Gnarled fingers raw, a body bent by time
Brown skin darkened, burned under season's sun
My Lady's eyes warm a too long cold heart
Rekindle desire once thought forsaken
Her eternal flame cast light through cruel dark -
From disenchanted dreams I awaken
Thy lips speak no words, regret or malice
Nor shall I deny this earnest proclaim
When once my lips touched love's ruby chalice
So summer's fairest grapes withered in shame
No fruit produce sweeter wine, I confess
If my love be grape, would that I be thy press