As water poured out on the ground
To be soaked up in desert sand
What passion that they might have fanned
Conceived such sacrifice profound
For purity was love’s demand.
And did not think one drop to spare
To satiate carnality
With one ounce of impurity
Before the bed was theirs to share.
When wed they found felicity.
September 29, 2017 ~ Copla Real
Rhyme scheme: abbab cddcd
© 2017 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved
Copla Real: decastich made of 2 Quintillas, popular in 15th Century Spain.
A Quintilla is a 5-line stanza of 8 syllables with 2 rhyming sounds.
The rhymes may be in any combination as long as the cinquain does NOT end with a rhyming couplet. Possibilities are: ababa, abbab, abaab, abaab, aabab, or aabba.
Whatever rhyming pattern appears in the first Quintilla will be repeated in the second.
About the poem:
This is an allusion to the water David poured out on the ground, brought to him from behind enemy lines by men who counted him worthy of their lives (2 Sam. 23:16). David did not feel worthy to drink it, so he poured it out as an offering to the Lord.
When two lovers desire to honor the Lord with their passions, they will do the same, pouring those passions out as an offering before the Lord. To some it may seem wasted, but not to God, for He rewards their sacrifice with more joy than they could ever imagine, completely untainted by guilt and shame.