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how dare you

how dare you tempt me, beast (I said)
          you shall not plunge my heart
               you've never taken time to hear
     the breadth my dreams impart
you can not breach the wellspring
          of my soul while deep, it's fed ...
               how dare you tempt me beast (said I)
     how dare you!

how dare you touch me, beast (I said)
          or feign sweet August's moon
               you drip that luscious luster, beamed
     from heav'n to make me swoon
and daub my flesh with wistful warm
          but this fool's not misled ...
               how dare you touch me, beast (said I)
     how dare you!

how dare you kiss me, beast (I said)
          that melting mouth, sublime
               while swimming in my absinthe eyes
     to taste sin's sloughing rhyme
such lips that tremble evil truths
          now waxing plump and red ...
               how dare you kiss me, beast (said I)
     how dare you!

how dare you love me, beast (I said)
          and make me yearn with weight
               those things I want to spurn you for
     and change through pride to hate
but now, compelled to want for more
          my strength is slowly bled ...
               how dare you love me, beast (said I)
     how dare you!

how dare you trick me, beast (I said)
          your face the same as hers
               that skin of spice 'midst sweet device
     her voice that sings and purrs
that callow, sexy coyness draws me
          in to thus be fed ...
               how dare you trick me, beast (said I)
     how dare you!

(and dare you NOT, I wholly fear ...
          that I would soon be ... dead).


Copyright © Gregory R Barden | Year Posted 2020

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Date: 11/27/2020 6:55:00 PM

I loved your story telling way with this poem, Greg. And the repetition of the beast line. You are SO good with your gift of writing. That should be your thanks to God at this time of thanksgiving: that God gifted you with such eloquence and inelligence.
Date: 11/24/2020 8:47:00 AM

" How dare you Beast" it takes a strong man to utter those words... I like the attitude of the write...

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