Thank You Sonnet | Bob Shepherd

after Edna St. Vincent Millay

Yes, it’s true, as you said, that after good sex
the world is heightened, clearer, a cineplex—
as if a summer shower’s intercession
washed clean the muddied, muddled doors of perception,
but lest there be any misconstruction of these
our wood-note wild responses to thighs and knees
and breasts and buttocks and jumblies jumbled together,
let me hasten my thoughts, disrobed, untethered,
to share as well. First things first, dear one:
nothing can equal this gift of you. I’m stunned
by its deliciousness, stunned and amazed,
and eons would it take your skills to praise,
but let’s be clear, up front, sans ambiguity
that I to myself belong in perpetuity.

Copyright 2021, Robert D. Shepherd. All rights reserved
Art: Kádár Tamás Csók, hommage Gustav Klimt című olajfestménye, 2007. Kádár Tamás at the Hungarian language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation
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