08 March 2011

Forty Cloves and a Bed

Gingham caresses the open sash
as salt breeze insinuates itself
through the cottage window,
curious for a taste of heaven

Tapers flicker, small spotlights
on the remains of a dinner
started in afternoon languor
and finished in evening fervor

Zephyr curls and twines, slowly,
ruffling tousled sheets and tangled limbs
that define a different kind of table,
a stage for the passion play and coda

Aeolian breath carries the musk,
across the room, the lovers' nostrils flare
at the memory of the eating
and the tasting of their own

She smiles, asks What are you thinking?
He smiles, eyes closed, and answers:
An old saying: shallots are for babies,
onions are for men, garlic is for heroes.

To that, he murmurs, I add: "goddess".
Forty cloves and a chicken make dinner,
he says, but a hero and a goddess...
they make love

Photo and prompt courtesy of Magpie Tales via the lovely Rene at Not The Rockefellers.  This is my first ever Magpie Tales prompt.  Hope you enjoyed it!


  1. Quite a feast for the senses, delicate yet substantial, flavored with classic simplicity but not afraid to flaunt the haute cuisine. Most excellent mag!

  2. This is incredible!! WOW! Talk about talent!
    I really like this!!

  3. homerun
    i called it :)

    Welcome to Magpie Tales

  4. Oh yeah, I'm there. Sensuous and Delicious!

  5. Lovely dance from languor to fervor. Welcome to the Mag!

  6. Turn on, I see red/ Adrenaline crash and crack my head
    -What a tasty poem! Kudos.

  7. I really like how we get so many ideas out of one photo. Everyone interpreting it differently.

    viscous time

  8. Stunningly romantic write...so glad to meet you, please come back to Magpie....blessings...bkm

  9. A feast for all the senses, great Magpie debut, welcome, it will prove addictive.

  10. I'll never look at a garlic clove quite the same again.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a big Metallica fan, thought it was cool that you have their line with your comment box :o)

  12. Excellent first go at Magpie- love it!

  13. Wow! What a wonderful interpretation!

    Mmm. Suddenly I'm hungry...


  14. way to turn up the heat on the mag...very sensuous...nicely played...

  15. Was it the light on the cloves that prompted this interpretation?


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Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

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