Sex with Dead Poets

You came to me at arms length,
crooked and tame
like a horny old mutt,
rare and diseased like I like;

brilliant and crawling with
sun-scented veins
not even your wildest dreams
knew anything about.

I can still smell the fingerprints
defining your skin as existence:
acidic and stained
with booze—
and too many long nights
inside genius;

and too many tears
from too many lovers who died
in your arms, spent,

while you watched
but could do
little else.

Without them—
you’d be just a lonely old crow
without warning!;
a message without
a messenger.

And now here you lay in my bed
like a diamond—
shining as if you exist
just for me!
as if I were your one and only
whispering of magic inside my fool head,
your naked pressed up
against mine,

until we are both heaving—
and I have no body at all!

And when you have twisted and turned me—
spent me like books of old bunny-eared matches
you press your mouth to my breast,

to drink my heart
between pages:

of sex and love
and hands and sin

and truth;

the breath
of moments expanding,
condensing inside
of themselves.

And of long ago
current lovers
not even you
ever knew

But fear not, my indelible love,
I shall keep you inside
of my heart and my hands
eating your passion alive.

© Kristin Reynolds 10 24 2010

This is a poem about making love to the dead poet – the one with his soul inside his book— about the pure love/joy I feel when reading their words, their hearts—that I feel that I know them, so intimately…as if we were connected through time and space. Sounds a bit corny, I know…but do you know what I mean? Or am I just a crazy poet-romantic in love with words and the ones who wrote them?

Sex with Dead Poets


Joined July 2010

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