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the tongue knows nothing
about the pleasure of the eye
it has not seen the sun set
or the moon rise into the sky

the eyes know nothing
of the joys of the ear
they cannot define melody
or explain what a cord is

the nose can sense the invisible
and lead us to the source
it can lead us to our pleasure
or push us away with force

the eye cannot taste sweetness
or season nourishment
it cannot savor flavor
or shape itself to lick

the senses have strengths and weaknesses
that we must learn and trust
but the weakest sense of all
is the lustful sense of touch

the eyes they crave the beautiful
the ears want praise for us
the tongue can be insatiable
the nose a gate to pleasure 
that you really shouldn't trust

they all take part in wickedness
that is; they give themselves too much
especially when they give themselves
to touch each others touch

trading lust for lust
can make our senses rust
sometimes our senses make a trap
that turns our flesh to dust

so do not trust the senses
or give in to wicked lust
treat yourself a little
but do not trust the lust

the eyes might miss a little
the ears will have to pleasure themselves
the nose will be much better
with a normal sense of smell

the tongue will still taste sweetness
a pleasure only the tongue can tell
and when the tongue is silent
it won't lead us into hell

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  1. Date: 10/15/2012 6:10:00 AM
    Who is this S McDougall? She shouldn't be posting with such comments! We are here to encourage, not beat someone down! I liked it anyway John; you took a great subject and gave it life; loved it! :)

    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 10/20/2012 3:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Let's go see what she's working with. Maybe she will like our other work.
    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 10/20/2012 2:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A knat I don't even have to swat at. Because she can't touch me.
  1. Date: 5/18/2009 10:06:00 PM
    I guess with the senses we must use common sense. God Bless Phyl

  1. Date: 5/9/2009 7:44:00 AM
    Hi John... seems this poem could be a little controversial in its reading.... exemplary writing as always.... but me.. I am a bit of an animal and trust all my senses... including lust :)

  1. Date: 5/1/2009 10:55:00 AM
    Oh, did I forget to mention the title? Oops.

  1. Date: 5/1/2009 10:53:00 AM
    I'm not impressed. Your vocabulary is poor and almost nonexistent. Either I'm not quite understanding the gist of your poem or it's so inadequate it might as well not be there. If you were going to write about the temptations or, more horridly, the pros and cons of the senses, then I urge you to use a little more eloquence.

  1. Date: 4/30/2009 5:54:00 PM
    Wow I too can get carried away with the senses! Great description! I sent you an email. Tell me what you think of the painting! Always Alley Poe

  1. Date: 4/30/2009 4:01:00 PM
    i have a problem with my soupmail i think-thanks much appreciated,thanks---your friend charmaine;-)

  1. Date: 4/29/2009 5:57:00 PM
    This is very insightful, John. Good work!

  1. Date: 4/29/2009 9:59:00 AM
    You little poet of the senses! THIS IS SPECTACULAR!!!! Wow John! WOW~! Really inviting as the first stanza is so unique and the vibe for the ongoing write! This poem is my Favorite of all poems I've ever read...even my own! he he he...really John,,,you found a way and whipped up a spicy thought provoking poem that is exceptionally relatable to every one who will read it!You wrote the best poem I've ever read EVER! It's uniquely profound!! Making the reader think.. is always a great way to write!

  1. Date: 4/29/2009 5:22:00 AM
    Great work John each member of the human body has a unique work to do, and all must work together. very well put together. Abe

  1. Date: 4/28/2009 1:29:00 PM
    John I think your last two lines say it best. Thanks for your output, God Bless. Ron

  1. Date: 4/28/2009 11:50:00 AM
    senses we all have them,senses can lead us to hell or to heaven,they can make us wicked or good hearted,depends how we use them,well penned-----you described the senses so wellcharma