There is a need for
lips pressed, the press
of hands seeking.

Here in my
straight back chair
hold back the firestorm
with elegant hands
and with your lips
claim the hollow
of my throat.

Scatter silk like
autumn leaves.
Allow me to fall
like  the ripe flesh
of sweet fruit.


artist: Lu Jianjun


70 thoughts on “Esperanza

  1. Ah, I adore the sub rosa of Esperanza with romantic desires. The art image shows me a young woman perfect for ballet with long, slender legs and a graceful swan neck. Her fan and attire seems a sartorial symbol of her class and in this I see an allusion to the exquisite words of your poem; the hope and desire that fills an idle time in a sultry room.

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    1. I fell in love with this painting Dan, though I gave this lady a Spanish name, I chose Liu’s beautifully lithe and exotic beauty to compliment her sub-rosa sultry desire. A beautiful comment Mr H. So fitting.

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      1. I thought Esperanza was perfect as it means Hope in English. It just all fit so perfectly to me. Hope dreaming of her romantic interest fulfilling her desire while the image of Esperanza was elegant like a dancer, her dress and fan speak of service to a higher class. It was this imagery that made her hopes expressed in your poem so romantic, exquisite, and real.

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          1. Yes, indeedy and that really caught my attention. Masterfully done. The name, the poem, the image, they were all made for each other. Such felicity and harmony in the House of Heart 💞☯️

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  2. Loved the way your words captured the yearning of the soul and the needs of the body!! Your lines – “and with your lips
    claim the hollow
    of my throat.
    Such a lure for imaginings??
    Bellissimo, Dear R, Bellisimo

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