Rita Dove


Flirtation - Poem by Rita Dove

After all, there's no need
to say anything
at first. An orange, peeled
and quartered, flares
like a tulip on a wedge wood plate
Anything can happen.
Outside the sun
has rolled up her rugs
and night strewn salt
across the sky. My heart
is humming a tune
I haven't heard in years!
Quiet's cool flesh—
let's sniff and eat it.
There are ways
to make of the moment
a topiary
so the pleasure's in
walking through.


Comments about Flirtation by Rita Dove

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/24/2016 5:13:00 PM)

    Sumptuous. Sumptuous on several levels. In several different ways. There's the Blatant head-long let's have it out in the open sort of way. There's the. Subtle behind the scenes sort of way. And then there's the sensual wink clause. She has mastered the art of writing poetry that intrigues its readers. - - - - - -]An orange, peeled
    and quartered, flares
    like a tulip on a wedge wood plate- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ]
    .Outside the sun
    has rolled up her rugs
    and night strewn salt
    across the sky.- - - - - - - - - - - - ]
    Quiet's cool flesh—
    let's sniff and eat it. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (4/24/2016 9:04:00 AM)

    Such a sensuous poem. I love the metaphor of the stars being salt strewn across the sky. Wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Walker Michael Walker (5/2/2015 8:36:00 PM)

    Vivid images decorate the poem, 'so the pleasure's in/ walking through'. A life-affirming poem. Mike Walker. (Report) Reply

  • Vidyadhara ..... Vidyadhara ..... (9/6/2014 8:27:00 PM)

    I found the need to say that this is a brilliant work. (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Sharp Leslie Sharp (9/4/2014 7:56:00 AM)

    It was ok! I was kinda lost guess I was expecting more,
    'just me I will read more of her work. Cannot tell by first
    pass by! (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (5/15/2014 6:56:00 AM)

    Love the lines....an oranges peeled, quartered...flared...like a tulip on a wedge wood plate. Great. Imagery! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, October 11, 2013


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