After Ovid

A wink or giggle—that hesitation—
Was fashionable, polite even, as it
Undressed from the neck downward.
Lust both generic and clinical,

Planted kisses on a practice dummy,
The Poet’s Anatomical Encyclopedia.
Bit by bit by bit by bit by bit by bit
With the mouth, mouthpiece of the soul.

Shoulders,
Arms,
Nipples,
Breasts.

[under there’s a secret sealed valve—
ligamentum arteriosum—a baby heart’s
short-circuit substitute for breathing
in the airless embraces of the belly]

Perfection non-specific (the naked not the nude)
Informs by feel and moans and hums
The checklist of the sex act.
Darling, darling,

Imagine what we see
Then dissect the rest.

– Adam J. Schaefer

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