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Male Nude, Descending a Staircase


Ooh I’m glad I’m standing here
as down you come in not a stitch.
And how resplendent you appear -
a sausage salad on a dish.

Your bare feet beat upon the stairs
and off it goes. Tick-tock. Tick tock.
I’m caught quite frankly unawares
I’m hypnotised. I start to rock.

I’m off! I’m lost! First left, then right
it swishes - so enticingly!
I cannot wrench it from my sight - 
Such power to enrapture me!

My eardrums ring, my senses slow.
Love, should I faint, or have a fit
and die, I just want you to know...
It’s how I would have wanted it.

Ooh I’m glad I’m standing here -
My view is quite exceptional!
It’s poetry in motion, dear,
and that motion is perpetual.



18 October 2019
For ‘Nude - Descending a Staircase’ Contest
John Lawless

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 11/10/2019 1:48:00 AM
I once published a poem called "Nude Descending a Staircase" by X. J. Kennedy. Did the contest have anything to do with that poem?
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 11/10/2019 7:49:00 AM
Oh I haven’t read that. There’s a an awfully odd painting by the same name too. Yes, that exact thing was the contest prompt, which excuses me slightly - I didn’t come up with it ALL by myself! ;+)
Date: 10/26/2019 3:54:00 PM
Heh, that's nice, Nina. Never thought male nudity could be so, hm, hypnotic)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 11/10/2019 7:49:00 AM
...watch the birdie...
Date: 10/24/2019 8:07:00 AM
The absolute best one I have read for the contest so far. Ha ha ha, “a sausage salad on a dish.” What a great line! I expect this will do well you have provided STIFF competition.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/24/2019 1:15:00 PM
Thanks so much Richard! It didn’t get a place. Perhaps John found it a little limp ;oD
Date: 10/23/2019 9:10:00 AM
A great take on one of my favorite modern french paintings! And not a female this time. Surprisingly clever! My dog bequeathing his kidneys to his master is not too far fetched, Nina, other animal organs are used on humans. Thanks for the stop and best wishes in the contest. / M
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/24/2019 1:14:00 PM
Indeed, cows and pigs are favourite I believe! Not sure if a dog’s ever been used though!
Date: 10/20/2019 5:00:00 PM
ha ha ha you had me laughing out loud Nina, I hope a salad fig leaf half covered his swinging sausage lol, so glad you made the nude male lol:-) hugs Jan xx
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/24/2019 1:14:00 PM
Thank you Jan! It was an iceberg lettuce leaf and it was insufficient!
Date: 10/20/2019 10:53:00 AM
Very funny, Nina. Very clever and your usual fine writing.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/20/2019 11:06:00 AM
Thank you Dale - I appreciate it!
Date: 10/18/2019 11:05:00 PM
OMG , someone talking about sex on this boring site. It's a miracle.Nice to see something adult on here. Great rhyming.
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King Crow
Date: 10/31/2019 10:06:00 AM
A naked man is always kind of dodgy, if you ask me LOL
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/20/2019 11:02:00 AM
Hahaha well there’s a long way between this dodgy image and sex I think!
Date: 10/18/2019 9:32:00 PM
Hello Nina … a fair dinkum play on the mind. At first I thought 'oh dear' and on my second read I burst out laughing - wonderful Nina - Lindsay
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/20/2019 11:01:00 AM
Haha, yep, I thought “oh dear” while I was writing it, but I was amusing myself so I cracked on!
Date: 10/18/2019 5:43:00 PM
You have such a great imagination, Nina, thanks for the laugh this afternoon. I believe this will do well in the contest. John
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Thank you John! Hope it didn’t give you too lively an image!!
Date: 10/18/2019 5:21:00 PM
This is a very sexy and well composed poem. I'm also surprised it got past the censors.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/19/2019 3:18:00 AM
I’d say silly rather than sexy! Thank you Seth!
Date: 10/18/2019 3:29:00 PM
I was almost afraid to keep reading this, lol this was awesome!!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/18/2019 3:37:00 PM
Haha, you could become entranced by the very vision couldn’t you! I almost had him tripping up and shouting “poppycock”! But I couldn’t think of anything to rhyme with that... ;-)
Date: 10/18/2019 1:51:00 PM
I love the direction you took this - I didn't even think of it as a male nude - and I am a bit surprised you got it past the censors :) But it paints a tantalizing picture!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/18/2019 2:26:00 PM
By the way, I did the same thing initially and assumed the nude would be female. It was only when it occurred to me that I could write about a male that I felt motivated to enter the contest! We could probably write an interesting essay on why we made that assumption though...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/18/2019 2:21:00 PM
What do you mean, you’re surprised I got it past the censors? He has a sausage salad in his left hand and a grandfather clock tucked under his right arm. There is nothing to see here. Thanks Michelle!
Date: 10/18/2019 1:19:00 PM
You sure it wasn't a grandfather clock you saw at the top of the staircase with that swinging pendulum? : ) Nicely done Nina, though I don't see what all of the fuss is about. : )
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/18/2019 2:20:00 PM
Well, you know, we ladies are pretty good at saying what the men want to hear! Thanks Chris :-)