Denise Duhamel

(1961 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

Buying Stock - Poem by Denise Duhamel

'...The use of condoms offers substantial protection, but does not
guarantee total protection and that while
there is no evidence that deep kissing has resulted in
transfer of the virus, no one can say that such transmission
would be absolutely impossible.'

--The Surgeon General, 1987


I know you won't mind if I ask you to put this on.
It's for your protection as well as mine--Wait.
Wait. Here, before we rush into anything
I've bought a condom for each one of your fingers. And here--
just a minute--Open up.
I'll help you put this one on, over your tongue.
I was thinking:
If we leave these two rolled, you can wear them
as patches over your eyes. Partners have been known to cry,
shed tears, bodily fluids, at all this trust, at even the thought
of this closeness.


Comments about Buying Stock by Denise Duhamel

  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (1/19/2017 7:47:00 PM)

    A tasty cake using insightful ingredients and decorated with sarcastic sugar and humerous coloring to the taste of the consumer. Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/19/2017 3:55:00 PM)

    Love her sense of humor- - it's that sarcastic biting type! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/19/2017 12:39:00 PM)

    Insightful and nice analysis. (Report)Reply

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  • Cane Walker (1/19/2017 11:33:00 AM)

    Sexy poem, sexy poet. Keep it up! (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (1/19/2017 9:31:00 AM)

    Caustically ironic perspective of human intimacy in the era of hyper-awareness of the medical consequences of such intimacy. I wish to share the deepest aspects of physical communication with you, and yet somehow distinguish you from whatever pathogens may be a part of your existence. Interesting contemplation, humorously executed. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/19/2017 5:20:00 AM)

    Rolled. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Col Muhamad Khalid KhanCol Muhamad Khalid Khan (1/19/2017 4:36:00 AM)

    A good poem with strangeness of thought and mood Denis.Congratulations on being member of the day
    ColMuhammad Khalid Khan
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  • Tom Allport (1/19/2017 4:29:00 AM)

    nice romantic piece of tis better safe than having the worry? (Report)Reply

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  • Lantz PierreLantz Pierre (1/19/2017 3:55:00 AM)

    I wonder what year this poem is from. It is such a send-up of romantic comedy. Condoms not as birth control, and not even as a health prophylactic, but primarily as a commercial product. Consumerism trumps love. A little bit of Lucille Ball here, me thinks, and that's even before the pun of her proper name. Rampant female slapstick. Ouch. Anything for a laugh. A poke in the eye for the sake of true love and sexual bliss. Can't even imagine her in a pearl necklace. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (1/19/2017 2:28:00 AM)

    A reminder to all....... Thanks for sharing...... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, December 23, 2011


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