My Red-Painted Fingernail by Marlayna Fire

My Red-Painted Fingernail

Standing in the hallway, my fingernail draws a line down his chest and I feel him shiver. “You’re teasing,” he says. “I am,” I reply, loving every moment. “Almost cruel,” he says, “stringing me along.” “I know,” I respond. “But know you will get the pay off.” “What do you mean?” he asks. “I mean … Read more

The Uncontrollable

The Uncontrollable

Sexual passion is not controllable – it rules us. It is no respecter of consequences, which is shy it is so often tragic and the stuff of which great poetry is made.Thrones fall down like ninepins before it: we will pay any price, however high.In Tennyson’s magnificent retelling of the Arthurian legend, Idylls of the … Read more

Spirit and Fire

Spirit and Fire

Spirit may be fire, or breath, or marrow, or semen, or all four simultaneously.It may be a ghost, animating the machine of the body, or a purified form of that body.It may be an illusion, or the product of illusion, or the only true reality.The most common representative of the spirit is as light, and … Read more

May I Join You by Marlayna Fire

May I Join You

“May I join you?” I ask. “You’re reading one of my favorites.” She carefully places her bookmark and lays the book on the table next to the other books. She takes me in again and I become even more aware of her amazing deep brown eyes. Almost like she is reading my mind, I watch … Read more

Life is Movement

Life is Movement

The great Goddess of life was also the harbinger of death.Life is movement, change, and for change to be possible there must be loss and gain.This motif is beautifully capture in the myth of God Shiva’s cosmic dance.However, long before this male deity reached supremacy in the Hindu pantheon, the life-and-death cycle was intimately associated … Read more

All is a Procession

All is a Procession

5 This is the female form, A divine nimbus exhales from it from head to foot, It attracts with fierce undeniable attraction, I am drawn by its breath as if I were no more than a helpless vapor, all falls aside but myself and it, Books, art, religion, time, the visible and solid earth, and … Read more

Give Me a Kiss

Give Me a Kiss

Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,To make that thousand up a million.Treble that million, and when that is done,Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.Robert Herrick

The Felicity of Last Night by Marlayna Fire

The Felicity of Last Night

If the felicity of last night has had the same effect on your health as on my countenance, you have no cause to lament your failure of resolution for I have seldom seen so much live fire running about my features as this morning when recollections – very dear, called forth the blush of pleasure, … Read more

No Shame for Tears by Marlayna Fire

No Shame for Tears

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts Charles Dickens

In Your Light by Marlayna Fire

In Your Light

In your Light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, How to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that light becomes this art. Rumi