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

Comments

  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. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  2. Vivian Zems says:

    Wow! This is mega- steamy and so beautifully rendered!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  3. This is incredibly sensuous Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Linda 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  4. Grace says:

    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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  5. Mish says:

    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. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mish 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  6. gillena says:

    I had to go into research to check out Leda, then back up to the poem title. Bravo poetess, well done
    Happy Monday

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Happy Monday🎈
      Much🌹🌷🌻love

  7. Ah, the old Leda and the swan story. Nice description of the night Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Toni 🙂 so good to see you ❤️

  8. Jade Li says:

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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jade 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  9. Some mythology is creepy, and some of the bible is R-rated. You did not take the quadrille to X country, but PG-13 had its bell rung; smile.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Glenn 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  10. robtkistner says:

    Surely Leda was compromised! A side of the swan one would not anticipate…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rob ❤️

  11. Vivid images through out your poem! Well done.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  12. HA says:

    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!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anmol 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  13. Good. is there a Yeats influence too?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Larry 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  14. Wow, that feathery conquest is arresting. Quite wonderful, and unexpected.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  15. Rommy says:

    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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  16. lillian says:

    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!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lillian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  17. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Oh… that swan… he is a dangerous bird … some Mythology is just for grown-ups.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Bjorn ❤️

  18. Jim says:

    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.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤️

  19. Thotpurge says:

    “Fate” itself is a “tampering” with life’s natural course… isn’t it?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rajani ❤️

  20. Helen L Dehner says:

    Powerful coupling of words and image …..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Helen 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  21. Teresa says:

    Wonderful rendition of the myth!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Teresa 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  22. Ali Grimshaw says:

    “Leda lay with her fate tampered with” – a powerful last line in a poem of vulnerability.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ali 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

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