DUBUFFET NAMED HER

LARGE SOOTY NUDE

SHE

WHO CAME AS SHE WAS TO MODEL

SMUDGED WHERE OTHER ARTISTS STROKED ON ROSES

SMOKED TO CHIAROSCURO

WHERE WRISTS JOINED HANDS

HE SAW HER UNWASHED GRACE

WITH BRAND NEW

EYES

SIGHT MADE TRUE THROUGH YEARS

OF UNLEARNING

SO HE COULD FREELY PAINT A GRINNING SLICE

OF BRIGHT VAGINA

BENEATH

THE ROUND FRANKNESS OF HER BELLY

BEADY-EYED BREASTS OGLING HER NAVEL'S RICH

CUP OF COLOR

HANDS

LIKE CRAZY STARFISH FLOATING

AND A CHILD'S

TINY SMILE THAT SAID REMEMBER WHEN

BEAUTY

WAS SO

SIMPLE?


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A SIMPLE FEAST

WE ARE LUCKY VOLUPTUARIES,
MY LOVE AND I,
SHARING A SIMPLE FEAST
OF STEAMED CLAMS.
THEY HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES UP TO US,
THEIR TIGHTLY CLENCHED GUARDS DROPPED-
RIGID GARMENTS LOOSENED
OVER A PASSIONATE FIRE.


NOW INNER SHELLS PART
LIKE CREAMY WHITE THIGHS
REVEALING JUICY
FLESH-TENDER VAGINAS
AND DELICIOUS SEA CLITORIS.


WE SLIDE OUR HUNGRY FINGERS
BETWEEN HOT SHELL
AND LABIAL MUSCLE
RELEASING MEAT,
THEN DIP IN MELTED BUTTER
A SALTY MAIDEN'S DELIGHT-
THE SUCCULENT TASTE
OF AROUSAL.


© Barbara Noble