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
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Written on 2018-11-10 at 09:06
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