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NORWEGIAN WOOD--- close but no cigar

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NORWEGIAN WOOD--- close but no cigar


The assignment seemed simple, 
a charcoal nude,
posing the question 
should have been the hardest part.

Bjønne deepened his dimples,
said, I’m no prude, kjære,
then eyes like a fiord 
preened with a gaze, 
direct but not rude,
tender, all knowing, aware,
like a god, so like a god.

He arrived late, but I was not ready
for all that revealed lankiness, 
the ease in which he disrobed,
how he filled my tight space
with a disconcerting cockiness,

as though clothing was optional,   
as though he belonged
in my small lair.

How very long 
were his softly furred limbs,
paper barely caged my strokes,
hands enraptured by toned muscle,
wondering if I was exposing
my shady thoughts while I was shading,
evading while invading, again and again,
a clandestine struggle to capture him.

I recall that his English was poor 
But, oh, his bones were so very good.

For an hour he reclined
overtly male, but slightly feline, 
on a cheap bent back chair 
gone now, many years.

Yes, I still remember that Norwegian wood
and refuse to wonder whether I should. 





*** OOPS! Lol. Wrote this for a contest and now I see that it had to be in quatrains. Oh, well. I had fun. Thanks for the inspiration, Heather!

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  1. Date: 2/17/2013 7:24:00 AM
    Hey, this would work well if you could enter your own contest

  1. Date: 2/17/2013 7:22:00 AM
    Masterful Cyndi--LOL, I did the same thing but I was able to rework it into quatrain--this is a great write !

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 4:37:00 PM
    Oh, Cyndi, I LOVE this! Such a creative (and yes, naughty - but a very classy naughty!) take on Norwegian Wood. The last two lines are priceless. I hope you will consider writing another poem in quatrain form :) In the mean time, adding this to my faves!

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 11:18:00 PM
    I wouldn't have made the connection with Rubber Soul. I enjoyed the read even though I try not to swing with other ding-a-lings. I think wood is a good theme to write about. I am not sure if I have ever seen Norwegian wood, other than possibly a piece of furniture made from Norwegian wood. I see that John....I mean, Rachel, claims to dream of women. Hey, at least this site is still interesting from time to time.

    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 2/12/2013 11:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My intent was to in no way echo the original. :D guess I accomplished that. While Lennon/McCartney were playfully saying nothing happened , I am trying to convey much more happened. Thanks, chum, for taking the time to read and comment. Always appreciated. Staying warm, dry? UGH!!!
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:57:00 PM
    Read between these lines, chums! Ha! ...and when she was bad she was very bad. ;-)