Posted by: Ron DuBour | April 22, 2016

The Keep~by Paul F. Lenzi



The Keep


Photo Prompt

impregnable tower

a spiraling rise

from the common

paved flags trod by

toiling rabbles

of vassals

in birthright of


steps leading

higher and higher

past crossbow


designed to defend

against fools

who would dare

usurp feudal


the topmost stair

opening onto a

soft furnished

stone-finished salon

where a virginal

princess awaits

her betrothed

virile prince bound

to honor political

promise when finally

acceding his throne

to come over

the warrior sea

and lay claim to her

dowry her father’s

own fiefdom and

make her his dutiful

foreigner queen


(Prompted by Sue Vincent’s “Daily Echo” post)


  1. Awesome.
    Btw that staircase looks like it’s from the Wallace Monument.

    • thanks kindly – don’t know where Sue got the photo

  2. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

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