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Poem I

Bitter as wormwood or Turkish coffee,
absinthian abandon;
this passion stings and burns.
Cheeks blaze with the scarlet sign and stigma
and your teeth leave their signature on my hips.
Prudence we shed like the ash
tapped off my cigarette with trembling fingertips.
This bed is an ocean in which I choose to drown-
sore each morning from being
crushed by your waves.
Ninety-proof ecstasy
scalds as you swallow,
but you, oh so deliciously, melt.
The scars will be there only because the body
could not bear the pleasure that it felt.

Copyright © Ashley Poort

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  1. Date: 12/20/2011 9:46:00 AM
    "Ninety-proof ecstasy." Wow! Been there. Done that, so you communicate beautifully. Congrats on this gem being featured. daver

  1. Date: 12/19/2011 8:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week Ashley. I hope to see you as a premium member in the new year. Love, Carol