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Now Joseph was strikingly handsome in countenance and body. After a time, Potiphar’s wife began to look fondly at him and said, ‘Lie with me.’” (Gen 39:6-7)

 

Hey, Caddy, what’s your name? You drag your feet.
My grip is off today. Hazards abound.
This course is challenging. I’ll have to cheat.
My wife would know about that. Turn around.
I don’t like being watched when I chicane.
Hand me that iron for my uphill lie.
I’ve never liked this fairway; what a pain.
How much pay would you need to be a spy?
Drive over to the pool; you’ll find her there.
She’ll be in our cabana. You’re her type.
Her golden limbs will be outstretched and bare,
her mouth a pouting peach, juicy and ripe.
Tell her she’s gorgeous. She never hears me.
Then come right back in time for the next tee.

Then come right back in time for the next tee.
Tell her she’s gorgeous. She never hears me.
Her mouth a pouting peach, juicy and ripe,
her golden limbs will be outstretched and bare—
she’ll be in our cabana. You’re her type.
Drive over to the pool; you’ll find her there.
How much pay would you need to be a spy?
I’ve never liked this fairway; what a pain.
Hand me that iron for my uphill lie.
I don’t like being watched when I chicane.
My wife would know about that. Turn around.
This course is challenging. I’ll have to cheat.
My grip is off today. Hazards abound.
Hey, Caddy, what’s your name? You drag your feet.

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ANNABELLE MOSELEY is the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Clock of The Long Now, published in 2012 by David Robert Books and honored as one of four books featured on the 2012 First Books Panel at the West Chester Poetry Conference. Moseley has seven published chapbooks of poetry, including her newest, The Fish Has Swallowed Earth (Aldrich Publishing, 2012), A Field Guide to The Muses (Finishing Line Press, 2009), and The Divine Tour (Finishing Line Press, 2012). She is the author of a young adult novel, and a collection of children's poetry. The first Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer-in-Residence, 2009-2010, Moseley is also founder and editor of String Poet, an online literary journal of poetry and the arts, and the host of The New York Times-featured String Poet Studio Series at The Long Island Violin Shop. She is founder of the national String Poet Prize. Moseley is a Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College and teaches poetry workshops at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and other cultural centers in the New York/ Long Island area. A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, Moseley has published hundreds of poems internationally in such journals as Oprah.com, The Texas Review, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), The Lyric, Mezzo Cammin, and Umbrella, among others. Her first three chapbooks of poetry, published from 2005 to 2008 include: The Moon is a Lemon (Birnham Wood), Artifacts of Sound(Street Press), and Still Life (Street Press). Annabelle Moseley’s chapbook, First and Last Things is a shared collection with the Welsh poet J. C. Evans, published jointly in New York and Wales by Cross-Cultural Communications. Moseley won first place in the 2008 Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest and a 2008 Amy Award from Poets & Writers. In April 2011, her poem, “Breakable,” was chosen by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the twelve poems selected from thousands to be featured on Oprah.com.

2 responses to “Mirror Sonnet: Potiphar Tees Off”

  1. Zara says:

    I love this, Annabelle.
    I am going to read and re-read and catch all of the sly meanings in every line!
    Perfectly worded, perfectly rendered.

    (Oh and Uche, if you read this: The comment of you being one the cleverest people I know still stands! Love, Z)

  2. Uche Ogbuji says:

    Zara, you’re a true and utter gem. Thanks. And this is indeed a superb poem. As soon as I saw it, I knew we’d be lucky to have it at TNB Poetry. We’ll have more from Annabelle in the form of a self-interview in a couple of days.

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