Sunday, September 18, 2011

One Single Impression: Betrayal

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Jailed man picture: Nicolas Fouquet and replica prison cell in the
Vaux-le-Vicomte cellar. (see below—
click on picture to enlarge)



Betrayal:
one crook's lament

here am I locked up
betrayed my friend Aramis
now my end reward
jail is too good for me
misuse of public moneys


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© 2011 and 2010 Jimmiehov
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We visited Vaux-le-Vicomte castle in France in the Spring of 2009. It was constructed under order of Nicolas Fouquet (see our Spring 2009 Europe Holiday).

Aramis: fictional musketeer in novels by Alexandre Dumas, père. (Wikipedia link)

Jailed man picture: The Nicolas Fouquet replica prison cell in the Vaux-le-Vicomte cellar. Fouquet was replaced as Minister of Finance by his his cunning agent and successor Jean-Baptiste Colbert. "In early 1665 Fouquet was transferred to the fortress of Pignerol. There, Eustache Dauger, the man identified in contemporary official correspondence as the Man in the Iron Mask, served as Fouquet's manservant. The former minister bore his imprisonment with manly fortitude, and composed several mediocre translations in prison. The devotional works bearing his name are apocryphal.
According to official records, Fouquet died in Pignerol on March 23, 1680."
Wikipedia Article for more.
Find more poems at One Single Impression using "Betrayal" as prompt
Prompt word "Betrayal" was suggested by Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason

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12 Comments:

At Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:52:00 AM, Blogger Harshad mehta said...

Touching story. Nicolas attitude towards life is exemplary.

 
At Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:51:00 AM, Blogger sandra said...

money ...money...money....always a good reason to betray...

 
At Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:15:00 AM, Blogger Grace said...

That story always fascinates me...ultimate betrayal ~

thanks for sharing the picture and backgrounder ~

 
At Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:48:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Money can bless or corrupt...like your poem and photograph. Thanks for the background for the piece.

 
At Sunday, September 18, 2011 7:46:00 PM, OpenID teric said...

I agree with Grace...the ultimate betrayal. Leave it to you to come up with the perfect example.

 
At Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:56:00 PM, Blogger The Write Girl said...

Hi Jim,

What a clever poem on betrayal. I also enjoyed the back story to the Man In the Iron Mask. Always nice to visit you here!

 
At Monday, September 19, 2011 9:41:00 AM, Blogger Gyanban said...

Nicely crafted , a very poignant flow of thoughts. Like it.

 
At Monday, September 19, 2011 2:10:00 PM, Blogger The Cello Strings said...

powerful illustration of one kind of betrayal.
enjoyed your poetry.

 
At Monday, September 19, 2011 2:20:00 PM, Anonymous mareymercy said...

jail is too good for me

I like how the criminal recognizes this...unless, he is not the actual speaker. In which case, it's even more interesting!

 
At Tuesday, September 20, 2011 2:06:00 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

Interesting story and I do believe so very many will betray others for the greed of money.

 
At Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:13:00 AM, Blogger Kim Nelson said...

Jim~
I like the way you tied together several of your own experiences and facts you found fascinating to create a piece that is intriguing and educational (for me, any way!) at the same time.
~Kim

 
At Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Patti said...

Good one Jim- interesting story. I keep picturing so many others in that cell- state of IL "employees" that would fit that last line. Have a great rest of the week!

 

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