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Don't Ask--Don't Tell

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Don't Ask--Don't Tell

A spiral curl upon her brow,
She can't recall how it all began
She can't recall how it came to this
No names are shared, he doesn't care
He doesn't ask...........she doesn't tell
She doesn't tell.........he doesn't ask
She promises herself, 
                 this will be the last

A small tattoo, a trailing rose
It wanders down, beneath her clothes
She dims the light
One look, he falls
into the spell, she has composed
She knows the score....from those before
Beneath the trellis of a smile
Cold fingers grope, to touch the thorns
and there is born, a heart of stone
Without a word, her taste runs cold
His lust is hot......her time is bought
Her lot in life, tomorrow's scorn

Her honey, wild, once laced with gold
Until the taste was tainted cold
In lonely rooms, pink roses slept
Where bedside shadows paid the rent
The tears she wept so long ago
Now shuttered tight, where secrets hide
Against the dark, against the tide
All shame has learned to shut an eye
A child, a lily in the bud
Has never known the trace of love
All fear is gone, but not forgot
Redemption, now, it matters not
Where ecstasy, is never sought
A tear upon the lash won’t fall
The garland once upon her dress
Is now tattooed upon her breast
His urgent thrust, to her is death
He pants one breath, then takes a rest

She doesn't speak.......he falls asleep
He didn't ask..............she didn't tell
She promises, he'll be the last

No questions asked

For Charlotte's Contest, Erotic Scorchers: 11/27/13

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 12/20/2013 6:32:00 AM
    Wow what a poem congratulations on the win with this great writing. Your soup friend Michael

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 9:55:00 AM
    wow... Carrie, enjoyed your winning poem... Congratulations in "'Charlotte's Scorchers: Erotic/Sensual Poetry''...have a nice one... LUV LINDA

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 4:15:00 PM
    Fantastic poem Carrie, well done ...Seren

  1. Date: 12/8/2013 4:13:00 PM
    hey hey, big number one!!!! and big congrats to you, Carrie.

  1. Date: 12/8/2013 2:34:00 PM
    Carrie....this is so deep and meaningful....You are soooooo talented. Congrats, my dear....hugs

  1. Date: 12/8/2013 11:07:00 AM
    Extraordinary! A sad yet beautiful piece, and a much-deserved win... Jack

  1. Date: 12/8/2013 7:15:00 AM
    love it Carrie a worthy win indeed xx

  1. Date: 12/8/2013 7:13:00 AM
    My biggest hearty congratulations on your super shining win my dear friend, Carrie! Cheers and big hugs! Thanks for sharing this amazing poem of yours. love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/7/2013 7:17:00 PM
    congrats Carrie a fine poem Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 12/7/2013 7:10:00 PM
    I knew it was great.the first time I enjoyed reading it .congratulations

  1. Date: 12/7/2013 5:55:00 PM
    splendid....congrats on your win

  1. Date: 12/7/2013 5:35:00 PM
    wowser Carrie a great verse on many levels, and done with your usual grace. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/7/2013 4:38:00 PM
    carrie, this is an exceptional piece, and the 1st place reflects that - it resonates personally with me, and doesn't exactly conjure feelings of eroticism and sensuality, but rather feelings of darkness and sadness...I note you've changed a couple of lines, and possibly I preferred the original "in lonely rooms, pink roses slept/where bedside shadows have paid the rent", but that's just me splitting hairs :) an outstanding poem, it was never going to be anything other than a 1st - congrats!

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:33:00 PM
    wow, Carrie, a very unique entry to the contest. Don't ask, don't tell. A lot of people adopt this attitude rather than face truth. I enjoyed this one.

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 2:45:00 PM
    Mercy! That's fine writing. It took me right in....

  1. Date: 12/2/2013 2:56:00 PM
    Whew, so much emotion. No pleasure is this kind of love, just, it seems, a feeling of emptiness and regret. Perhaps the right questions would have revealed what was already known. Allan

  1. Date: 12/1/2013 8:46:00 PM
    You amazing you..I am very busy too be online lately but it feels so good this early morn to make time and read your verse dear.

  1. Date: 11/28/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Carrie tremendous....writing.....wonderful....

  1. Date: 11/28/2013 4:12:00 PM
    That was one fine piece of poetry, a truly excellent write....peter

  1. Date: 11/28/2013 1:46:00 PM
    wow this is a powerful write Carrie...I could see her, I could feel her pain, I have known of one like her, though this one still lives, her body is her support for her drugs ...excellent piece!