Jennifer L Granville

The Black Ribbon - Poem by Jennifer L Granville

I tied about my neck
A length of narrow black velvet
Like the invitation of a brightly wrapped gift
With ribbons of far tawdrier hue
In the wholesome abandonment
Of their seduction.

The simple band
Black and soft on white and smooth
Was a beacon of my station
Unclaimed woman
An invitation for your mark
And a boldness unusual for me…
The symbolic beg to be taken.

How I remember the warmth
Of your beautiful hands
Fingers tracing the fine line
Of the claimed ribbon you took
In claiming the woman
So eagerly yours
In such a myriad of wanton pleasures.

This hateful, barren neck
Today is adorned again, my love
For you
In that black ribbon
A circlet come full circle
This love and this woman

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 14, 2009

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