Taking a bite out of an erotic poem

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Suggestiveness is all allusion, inference and association;
a weapon,
an art of establishing the fragrance of a rose in the mind
of a reader
without presenting the rose itself—
I am fairly new to the subject of sensuality,
my humble verses denoting the fire that hums inside my breast.
Salt on the wind,
an erotic poem is one that doesn’t make us wait and sit—
it’s similar to diving into the ocean,
cerulean ecstasy,
from quickening of pulse to emotion quietly settling in.
Tell me,
isn’t it possible to taste honey without having it run down the corner of one’s lips?
Words, when devised properly
have the power to leave us alone with our thoughts— a rural silence,
a muted night
sought after,
nowadays as the city in continuous hustle and bustle grows restless;
an erotic poem stays with us long after taste buds change.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Adrien Broom Painting, Pinterest

For my ‘Guest Prompt,’ at dVerse Pub where I invite others
to explore the question, “What makes a poem erotic?” ❤️

Posted for Poetics: Exploring Erotica as a Literary Genre @ dVerse Poets Pub

https://dversepoets.com/2020/09/01/poetics-exploring-erotica-as-a-literary-genre-what-makes-a-poem-erotic/

41 Replies to “Taking a bite out of an erotic poem”

  1. the fragrance of a rose in the mind
    of a reader
    without presenting the rose itself

    Yes that is how it should be… we have to veil the sensuality behind the reader’s own mind.

  2. As a reader, I like it sensual in a mature way.
    As a poet, I prefer the subtle way of wording it. And you are right, it stays with you.

    “an erotic poem stays with us long after taste buds change.”

    Thanks for being our guest host.

  3. Great title, Sanaa, and your poem took me on a journey into erotica. I love the definition of erotica as the ‘art of establishing the fragrance of a rose in the mind / of a reader / without presenting the rose itself’, and that is ‘similar to diving into the ocean’.My favourite line is: ‘isn’t it possible to taste honey without having it run down the corner of one’s lips?’ Mmmm…

  4. I think words and suggestions can be more erotic than pictures. Your beautiful suggestion of ‘isn’t it possible to taste honey without having it run down the corner of one’s lips?” is a confirmation of it. I can’t get that image out of my head! Thanks for the great prompt!

  5. Here you have answered so well the question you posed for poetics: “What is your idea of an erotic poem? What makes it stimulating? In your own words describe the fine line between ribald and just plain classy.” This is classy and stimulating through and through. I like the allusion to ‘diving into the ocean,’ which I’ve always found a sensuous experience, heightened by the ‘Salt on the wind’ – wonderful!

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