Louise Tredoux

Rookie (Namibia)

Embraces Life-Threatening - Poem by Louise Tredoux

I resist, refuse to submit, it hurts to worship when Rudi
doesn’t reciprocate in the same way, no more
investment in feelings larger than life

Fighting attraction, withstanding emotion, Rudi persisting
against indifference feigned; overpowering enchantment,
bewitching touches - Rudi’s victory

Succumbing to the sweetest, most passionate kisses,
loving combat culminating in wild ecstasy, resistance
relished and overcome, asserting dominance

Explanations, extenuating circumstances, planning excursions
to incur wrath for the excitement of fighting for love, Rudi
threatens mockingly

Hearing about my running off and swimming at night in the
sea, spending a day in the cave, he is livid with rage, says
he’ll spank me without the finesse

Of a black-leather clad madam, I laugh, he crushes the breath
out of me, kissing me to death – what’s the use of lamenting
running risks when his embraces

Are life-threatening?


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, November 3, 2008


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