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So, I'm lost again in Bohemia
with my French cuffs
              still dragging
                   through the wine;
but they say my slippers
                        are quite elegant,
a statement in
            Italian leather
(or a letter from my lover)
and I smoke a gold tipped
cigar
like
   a duchess
            or a greedy centipede -
my hands all gesturing at
once,
sucking conversation from the thieves and courtesans
                                                  drowning
in my bed.

I was once a painting -
something borrowed from Gainsborough
                                   (or Sargent)
and my legs
        are the latest scandal
                            at court
(don't tell that to your daughter)
You will trip
            over
                me
on the way in
           to dinner
and when we dance later,
my breath will be
too close
to your lips
but my conversation
will catch the corner
of your petticoats
as I tell you
we are dragging down the stars

again
Something a bit different
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HippieHebe Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Reading this was like being transported to another world, a tale for the ages... :heart:
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Poetrymann Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. It was fun to write.
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CreativelyAddled Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the imagery in this piece. It gives you a real sense of the narrator's lifestyle which sounds rather lavish but I can't help but detect the undercurrent of something false and destitute. Like someone not quite used to wealth or someone too used to it that they seek pleasure in the corners of the world's underbelly. Or at least the less savory aspects of court life.
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Poetrymann Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Writer
The less savory aspects of court life is it. Thanks!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Use those stars well.
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5-6-8-3 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 14, 2017   Photographer
Wonderful! :clap: I find your writing unique...and it truly doesn't make me want to stop reading. 
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Poetrymann Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Professional Writer
That is something I like to hear. Thanks!
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BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, this is quite lovely.  :)
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Poetrymann Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Professional Writer
I am glad you like it. Thanks.
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
Beautiful.:heart:
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:iconpoetrymann:
Poetrymann Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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:iconansdesign:
ansdesign Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Something a bit different...why should it all be the same? :)
You make reading poetry to "not want to stop"...
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Poetrymann Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Professional Writer
That is very nice of you - thanks!
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
The pleasure is all mine. :)
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meregoddess Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Different yes, but one fantastic read.  I truly enjoyed this!
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Poetrymann Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks! I started it a year ago and just could not manage to finish it.
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