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(16 August 1969 / Wisbech)

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Swept

I am swept by visions of glory,
Given to flame and burnt to the soul.
Of touching bonds in raging fury,
For I am half and we are whole.

I am swept by touch so gentle,
Beneath the silk in passions hold.
In crash of lace and cast of cotton,
Beyond the lines of thread and fold.

I am swept by taste with hunger,
Moving now with brush and blow.
Caress in strokes so endless sweeping,
As carnal needs in tide do flow.

I am swept by scent, your essence,
Arousing breathless, this stirring swelled.
Pulling now in heave with fervour,
In ebb and curl, your body held.

I am swept by joy with rapture,
Beyond all bound and rushing crest.
Racing hearts with warm elation,
A moment felt, from heaven blessed.

Submitted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was asked to produce a work with shades of tastefully erotic content, avoiding anything crude or harsh.

I used quatrain stanzas (verses of 4 lines) with an ABCB rhyming scheme (lines 2 and 4 of each verse rhyme) .

The poem takes it rhythm from the ocean (even the title) . There are numerous maritime references such as tides, ebb and curl. In addition, the poem uses senses – sight, touch, taste, smell and sensation.

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  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (8/6/2013 7:27:00 AM)

    wow, you are good at it.
    It is as if I am reading a romantically erotic/erotically romantic novel
    Very nice

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  • Geetha Jayakumar (7/27/2013 8:14:00 AM)

    Excellent write. Beautiful poem. Enjoyed reading it...Well written.

  • Valerie Dohren (7/27/2013 4:55:00 AM)

    Excellent write Andrew, you captured the mild eroticism very well.

  • Dave Walker (7/27/2013 3:26:00 AM)

    You certainly did what you was asked, very tastefully done,
    And a beautiful poem. Really great work.

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