By any other name, lust

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By twilight
the sky is bathed in rich tones of lust
and bewilderment,
as slowly her thighs are rushed into
by feathered dominance,
her cheeks flushed,
as even the wind takes note of dark breathing
and whispers,
Leda lay with her fate tampered with.


Photo credits: Pinterest

Read here for Zeus and Leda in Greek Mythology 🙂 

Posted on ‘Quadrille #80’ @ dVerse Pub

and on Tuesday Platform @ Real Toads

44 Replies to “By any other name, lust”

  1. Oh my goodness! A sky ‘bathed in rich tones of lust’ and thighs ‘rushed into
    by feathered dominance’! This is a first, Sanaa – an x-rated quadrille!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  2. A tale of seduction by a God in the form of a swan and a mortal woman. She didn’t have a choice though. I like that lustful color of sky, but not so thrilled with the outcome of her fate.

  3. Wow, I almost missed the word “rich” until I went back to read again! A creative and candid response that took me googling to Greek mythology. Stunning work, Sanaa.

    1. Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      Happy Monday🎈

  4. Skillful telling of a dark tale and weaving a spellcasting atmosphere to accent it. The picture is creepy and fits well with the subject

  5. Ah! I am so pained by this image and tale — you certainly paint it with such careful detail, capturing its violence in a powerful manner. The “rich tones of lust/and bewilderment” certainly add into the depth of this verse. Very well penned, Sanaa!

  6. I find myself unsettled on Leda’s behalf. All that forceful rushing, and nothing to indicate any delight in her part. “Tampered fate” and bewilderment brings to mind other names for what this could be. Disturbing, and quite well done.

  7. Whew! I am mopping my brow!
    PS: and I should tell you, we definitely have a dash of sunny today in Boston….spring has finally sprung!

  8. I enjoyed my reading, Sanaa. That k you got linking to a rundown on Leda. I didn’t k how her or of her love life. That brief intro to her made the poem fit in with your writing. And you did that nicely. I am not a bird person and shudder at the though of mi going with one, even a pretty swzm.

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