Is Your Sweetheart Edible?

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Is your sweetheart edible?
Like butter on toast to break in half and share;
like rising to first rays of the sun,
together in bed,
tell me, “does the feeling put you on edge?”
I write poems on the supple skin of his wrist,
his collarbone,
like one would serve raspberries in a bowl to ingestβ€”
I crave him,
his mouth erotic, decadent, safe and dangerous,
compelled by a longing far deeper than corporealβ€”
are these feelings licit?
I fear nothing nearly as close can satiate; just as cheese

is salvation of the taste buds,
the sighs in his chest emanate cleansing showers
and kenβ€”
it’s crucial that I hold on,
like budding blooms become one with his sacred loam;
is your sweetheart edible?

 

 

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Poem inspired by the title of Late Carolyn Kizer’s poetic
masterpiece, “Is your sweetheart edible?” 🍰

Posted for Open Link Night #270 @ dVerse Poets Pub

 

42 Replies to “Is Your Sweetheart Edible?”

  1. I agree with Sarah on this one – and I love it, especially β€˜Is your sweetheart edible?’ and the simile β€˜Like butter on toast to break in half and share’.

  2. You snared me at “I write poems on the supple skin of his wrist, his collarbone,”. The notion that making love is analogous to creating poetry, when sex is love it is poetic is fascinating. I had a girlfriend once, and we used to say, “I see movie stars in your face.”

  3. “erotic, decadent, safe and dangerous”…..oh wow, Sanaa, I think you described your poem here as well. It weaves in question and forthcoming. I love it.

  4. Such a deliciously nourishing piece of work!
    I am learning so much through dVerse. First Lillian gave Joy Harjo, now you give Carolyn Kizer.
    β€˜That’s my subject,’” concluded Kizer. β€œβ€˜No matter how brief an encounter you have with anybody, you both change.’
    For me with so little poetry education this is honey on new bread.
    Thank you.

  5. kaykuala

    like budding blooms become
    one with his sacred loam;
    is your sweetheart edible?

    A sweetheart is always vulnerable that one would want them within us, much like gobbling them whole! Great lines Sanaa!

    Hank

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