The earliest version of this poem dates from December 1985. I've been working on it for 33 years! Maybe someday I'll get it right.

This Unbidden Love

The most unthinkable

Flower that ever will have grown

Is the explicit lilac with its lurid scent,

With tremulous petals bent by the wind,

A breath alive, a flesh unknown,

A world springlike and full.


The ripest sweetest fruit

Turned liquid on the swirling tongue

Becomes a wine-drunk whisper tasting loud,

Revives forgotten midnights in the gut,

And bitter sinful saccharines

Stimulate the tooth.


Two souls, four lungs: each nerve

Breathes fulfillment of its dream

While this unbidden love, the tide's great surge,

Turbulent ecstasy of rapturous urge,

Makes live, in one climactic rhyme,

Epitome of sense.

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2018-11-10 at 09:06

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