the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

stealing beauty

(Inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s film)

nascent stirrings
of youth
the blossoming of life
when a girl meets a boy
falls in love
kisses him
divinity blushes
puppy love
in lush Tuscany countryside
ever tasted olive leaves?
idyllic setting
for deflowerment
and growing up
playing the adult games
the gravel road morphs
into a dark Siena ochre
rich deep colours
reds blues burnt oranges
canvases by Matisse
music by Mozart
the texture of life
imbued with intemperance
and innocence
when the virgin
writes poetry words appear
sculpted by a seraph
and float
like a reverie
the first kiss
years later
leads to the first time
a moment of glory for
the art and life
of sexuality
virgin no more

( 18 September 2003 )