Prince Plethora's Pleasure Palace (a poem of excess)

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Prince Plethora's Pleasure Palace

by John Hansen © 2014


A minstrel strums,

Another drums.

The music gay

And loud.


A cheetah trained

And unrestrained,

Wanders

Through the crowd.


Dancing girls

They shake and twirl,

Attracting

Lustful glances.


With flowing hair,

And midriff bare,

As an Arab stallion

Prances.


The jester laughs

At two giraffes,

And juggles

To applause.


With finger raised,

The Prince is praised.

The grotesque goblin

Fawns.

Source

Strong men wrestle,

While couples grapple

In uncensored

Fornication.


Children play

Unsupervised,

And watch

In fascination


Man servants mince

Beside the Prince.

They feed him

Like a child.


The people stare

At a dancing bear,

Chained,

No longer wild.


A thief is led into the room,

The man awaits his doom.

100 lashes he endures,

Before the whipping ceases.


The young Prince stands

And claps his hands,

Excitement

Just increases.


The drunken crowd

Is cheering loud,

Their taste for blood

Now sated.


Of this Pleasure Palace

Some are jealous,

And Prince Plethora,

Hated.


The music drops,

All frolic stops,

The Prince cries out,

"No More!"


This orgy ends

As night descends.

Prince Plethora's word

Is law.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great rhythm to this one, John. It flowed perfectly and your images were outstanding. Well done my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Bill, those are great compliments coming from you. Your comments are much appreciated. Thank you.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I am a big big man. For mere words to carry me away is a feat not often done. Wonderful.

(I am home with watchful eye as my near 4 year old decided he could fly off the back of the couch. He was shocked when the first time he cleared the seat cushion and landed hard and hurt a knee - reminded me of your chicken coop)


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Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Your words painted perfect pictures. After the first stanza, I read the rest of the poem in cadence, almost tapping out the beat. It takes a great talent to keep cadence going through to the end and you have mastered that here. Well done, John!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eric my friend, I'm glad my words could lighten your heavy frame and carry you away, even for just a short while. Ah yes, grown men will always be little boys underneath with the dream of flying. Hope your son's knee is ok.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Mary, thank you, thank you. Consistent cadence is something I strive for. I am so glad I succeeded here and you enjoyed this poem.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

I like the flow it possesses poetry power beyond imagination.. voting up and awesome...


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

It is a rhythm and flow of beautiful poetry taking us back to a very real event. A pleasure in many ways. ^+


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Interesting subject. Good poem. I agree. It's the flow and of course well-illustrated. I like it!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi rebecca, thank you very much for visiting and your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the read.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Frank buddy, thanks so much. I can't believe the comments I am getting for this. I had a little trouble inititially and had to change the name from Prince Plethora's Orgy, but the url is still stuck with that, so no advertsing is allowed on this hub. Also had to water down the torture scene to whipping, but it all worked out in the end. Thanks for the vote up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

jackie, what can I say? Always a pleasure to have you read my hubs, and your generous comments never disappoint.


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Very nice!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Misterhollywood.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Great poetry and plethora is an appropriate word here!

Up and more

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your comment and vote up Faith,

Yes I had to look up my thesaurus for that one...lol.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Pricnce Plethore aka Ted Turner, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.... At least that's what I felt, ha... Great flow... Entertainment subduing and appeasing the masses from the dawn.

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Eric, you get it.....nothing ever changes. You give the people what they want or pay to see. Just depends on the morals and debauchery of the time and place. Thanks for visiting.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

An entertaining, flowing verse of brusquerie you have scripted here Jodah, with all the bounce and jaunt of the veiled, swarthy maiden in your virtual snapshot.

Could be a tale from the first or twenty-first century. Well done!

All the Best,

R.Q.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting and your kind comment Romeo. It very well could be.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

That was excellent. I think I read it in the way you wanted it to be read. It had so much rhythm which I love. I felt as though I were sitting in ancient Babylon at one of their drinking fests. I was waiting for John the Baptists' head to be brought in on a platter.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Jane, that's great. Sounds like you read it exactly how I wanted it. Glad you liked the rhythm. I had to censor it quite a bit. John the Baptists head would have been a nice touch. Actually whipping wasn't a widely used form of punishment in those days...there were things like stoning, death by sawing, the rack, drawing and and quartering, and something called slow slicing. I won't go into it, but most were much worse than flogging/whipping.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

ooooh. I'm glad I was born in the 20th century!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Great poem with perfect rhythm and complementary images. The prince needs to be careful, as he has taken advantage of so many. Voted up and awesome, sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks For reading Flourish. Yes the Prince must be on guard. What goes around comes around, but he is providing a service, entertainment, and employment for the people as well. Glad you found the rhythm appropriate, thanks for voting up and sharing.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Such a wondrous creation Jodah ;you are quickly becoming one of my favourite writers.

Thank you for another gem and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

A picturesque poem and so sweetly written that one finds himself glued to it till the end. I really enjoyed going through it and remained engrossed in the beauty of it. Lovely piece, John.


MysticMoonlight 2 years ago

This is just wonderful, Jodah. I love it. Great flow and I felt as though I was there! Really nice use of images too. Voted up and sharing! :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eddy, thanks so much. To say I am becoming one of your favourite writers is a huge compliment because there are so many amazing writers on HP, including yourself. Have a good day too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Harishprasad, thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you went on a journey with this poem and enjoyed the read.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ah Mystic, thank you for reading and leaving such a wonderful comment. I am glad you flowed along with my words to another time and place. Thanks for the vote up and share.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Great rhyming and the tempo kept up right through. Very visual imagery, you made it real. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Anna, glad my words made the scene seem real for you. I may have to use this rhyme scheme more often. It seemed to really appeal to people.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well, this hub is back up and republished after a little censoring. I had to delete all the best photos and censor some of the words. The dancing girls can't be topless for instance. Still can't have advertising but oh well , I think I can live with that.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Good to see it back. I did wonder what happened!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jane.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Oh Wow! now that sounds like my kinda night! Haha! seriously, what a great poem! I keep feel the atmosphere jumping out the screen! brilliant Jodah!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Nell, thanks for those great comments. Yes sure would be fun, glad you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Jodah - What a wonderful use of the word "plethora." :) I don't use cadence and rhyme myself, but you use it very well. Good poem and night unto perfect accompanying pictures. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment phdast7, yes I thought 'plethora' was quite an appropriate name for this Prince...lol. Glad you enjoyed the poem and the pictures.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Quite interesting and thought-provoking poem. What a statement on bacchanal pleasures. I agree, the best use of the word 'plethora' I've seen in a while. I enjoyed reading this and I also enjoyed the photos that went along with this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Suzette, glad you could appreciate this poem of excess.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Oh boy, I have missed reading your poetry John. This had so much rhythm. It reminded me of the murder of John the Baptist too. I read it out loud. You are so talented. Wow, there is so much talent in this world and yet so many people never get found.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great rhythm and pictures. Just enjoyed this a second time. :) Theresa


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Great poem, Jodah. So lively and vividly portrayed. You images are perfect. Well done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your lovely compliments Jane. Great to see you back. I've missed you too. Hope everything is working out for you. I entered a couple of poems in poetry contests but had no luck yet.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting a second time Theresa. I added a video and re shared because I have a lot of new rollers since I wrote this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Phyllis. Yes I was quite taken with this poem even though I have had trouble getting it passed by HP. They have disabled advertising due to adult content. Glad you liked the images.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Prissy HP ! LOL I have one hub that I really really like and ads were disabled because of nude images. I chose art from old masters, I thought it would be accepted, but no.


dragonflycolor 2 years ago

You told the story effortlessly. I love the rhythm and the images added to the whole thing. Thanks!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Same here Phyllis, I had to get rid of two paintings which featured nudes. It passed again now thankfully.

Dragonfly, thank you, glad you enjoyed this poem and the pics.


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Aneegma 2 years ago

Ah naughty naughty Johnny boy!! well let's face it what bloke doesn't want a pleasure palace? I'm sure if you had one you wouldn't be bothered writing hubs!! Another wonderful poem that made my day and answered the eternal question I've always had.. "Can men live without women?" Absolutely not!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hahahaha Aneegma, I can't stop laughing at your comment. I'd love to say I based this poem on my real life pleasure palace, but sadly ... that's not the case...lol. You are so right, I wouldn't be writing hubs, and we can't live without women either. :) Glad this one made your day. take care.

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