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An Ode to the Marital Bed


JoelJosol
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Your quiet sheets are lies
so is your sweet scent of fabric
and the once moonlit frame
now hides the violence
of lovers
punishing the wood and fabric
with thrusts and cries.
 
For how long can you endure
the absence of tranquility
so frequently visited, while
every night the moon light shines
on lovers
who struggle to keep the interlock
of bodies held in you?
 
The headboard often rammed by two
physical bodies colliding,
your legs might soon give way to the truth.
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"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Thanks for the appreciation, Tony. I tried to simulate the Neruda ode in my work.

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David W. Parsley

Joel, this piece does indeed share a quality of intensity and open wonder that runs through the odes of Neruda, an articulation of romantically sexual passion as ancient as Solomon and Sappho and as fresh as last night's harvest moon.  Love the blend of tenderness and uniting "violence" that the furnishings are called upon to hold and bless, while acknowledging a deeper progression from our common untruths to something more true that we hope will be beautiful and full, rather than devastating and more absent than ever.  Lovely.

Thanks (not I think - just thanks!),
- Dave 

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JoelJosol

Thanks David. I am glad that it echoed the spirit of Neruda's poetry.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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