Vainilla

Vainilla

A Poem by Roland Petrov
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My first attempt at Rhyme Royal, verses of 7 lines in iambic pentameter with a rhyming scheme of ababbcc. Papantla is the vanilla growing area of Mexico; thus, my title's Spanish spelling.

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Revere this orchid's capsule of the gods:
exotic royal flavoring and scent.
The Aztecs found the secret of these pods,
which turn cake into manna, heaven-sent!
To find fresh beans, Papantla's where I went.
    With vine-like orchid I came face to face,
    and plucked a heady pod of tropic grace. 

© 2016 Roland Petrov



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Well, Chef, not only have you given us a good sample of Rhyme Royal, but have descried her highness perfectly: exotic royal flavoring and scent. I’ll remember to describe her thus. And yesss, the aroma of freshly baked cakes makes it what it is, due to the lady in question.
I did go back and forth when I read the title, but then read the intro and got it. I wonder if the extra ‘I’ is pronounced or not.
I think after reading your vanilla poem, I’ll have a cuppa vanilla infused tea.


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Blossom

1 Year Ago

Hello, Sir! I thought that only I had committed the cardinal sin of being away, but you too, Brutus?.. read more
Roland Petrov

1 Year Ago

Yes, me too! I'm working on my second cookbook, and though I've had some good poetic intentions, the.. read more
Blossom

1 Year Ago

Good luck with the book! But I fear most of us jotters are either busy posting elsewhere (and cannot.. read more



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interesting affair.
well written

Posted 9 Months Ago


I have to say, the title had me expecting something else! :-)

I like this and pretty good considering it's a first attempt. You are brilliant with poetic forms where as I tend to stick with free verse. However... is line two not missing a syllable in order to be iambic pentameter?

Posted 1 Year Ago


Very cool. I like this form.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Hahahahaha.....wow,...that sounds so lovely and perfect....I love this playful little write...I could almost smell the vanilla aroma in this one, and see those pods growing in desolate mexican valleys.... The rhymes are spot on!
Well done! Added to favourites! :)))

Posted 1 Year Ago


Roland Petrov

1 Year Ago

Thanks, Moon's fairest!
what a decadent aroma this leaves behind

Posted 1 Year Ago


Well, Chef, not only have you given us a good sample of Rhyme Royal, but have descried her highness perfectly: exotic royal flavoring and scent. I’ll remember to describe her thus. And yesss, the aroma of freshly baked cakes makes it what it is, due to the lady in question.
I did go back and forth when I read the title, but then read the intro and got it. I wonder if the extra ‘I’ is pronounced or not.
I think after reading your vanilla poem, I’ll have a cuppa vanilla infused tea.


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Blossom

1 Year Ago

Hello, Sir! I thought that only I had committed the cardinal sin of being away, but you too, Brutus?.. read more
Roland Petrov

1 Year Ago

Yes, me too! I'm working on my second cookbook, and though I've had some good poetic intentions, the.. read more
Blossom

1 Year Ago

Good luck with the book! But I fear most of us jotters are either busy posting elsewhere (and cannot.. read more
I'm a fan of vanilla. Is this a true story, one of your travels?

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

1 Year Ago

Actually, I was in a bar in Jalapa, capital of Veracruz, when a vendor came in with a bunch of fresh.. read more
I read your note after reading the poem and thought, "Oh, so that's why I couldn't make a connection between vanity and that delicious flavor." Ha! I wonder--if the vanilla bean didn't exist, what would folks consider "plain" ice cream to be? A fine poem, and thanks for educating me.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

What a delicious poem Roland...my favourite Vanilla!!♥ And strangely I keep smelling vanilla even while reading your poem, because I had a vanilla soya yoghurt at least three hours ago, it was delicious, and I can still smell it - must have got it in my hair..haha!! :oD I've never sniffed these flowers in real life. The ones you buy as gifts never have any fragrance at all. I think I'd love to visit Papantla and sniff all the orchids. Sounds like heaven to me!!

I know you like a challenge, but I don't know how you do these kind of poems. And I've never heard of Rhyme Royal. There seems no end to these poetry styles.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

1 Year Ago

It's the pods or beans that provide the vanilla; not sure if the flowers even have any vanilla scent.. read more
Simply beautifully rendered, Roland, in spot-on rhymes, perfectly flowing iambic metre, and a most fetching tale to treat the mind, holding one's imagination intact throughout.
I especially enjoyed learning the source of vanilla flavoring.
Check your title for spelling, My Friend, and be sure to include that each line is composed in iambic pentameter (rather than, simply "10 syllables"). The broadly accepted presentation of this form is either a beginning Terset, followed by two Rhyming Couplets, or a Quatrain followed by a Tercet (check my newest post for instructions). Include a comma after "pods," and "face to face," and "heaven-sent" is a hyphenated word.
I can almost smell the sweet aroma of cooking vanilla … you have inspired me to compose one of these fun pieces.

I always enjoy the creative poems your excellent pen composes, Roland. A bushel basket of thanks, My Friend, for treating us to another … man I feel hungry!! ⁓ Richard

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

1 Year Ago

Thank you kindly, my poetic friend and mentor! The corrections have been made. The title is in Spani.. read more
Richard

1 Year Ago

De nada, Señor Roland.

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Roland Petrov

Desert Hot Springs, CA



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