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(Contains: sexual themes)
Why has a man never told me I have a neck
like a crane? I have spider appendages, Daddy Long Legs,
am an Amazon in the right skirt, sure-

They've mentioned heart lips and the round
of my hind. Rename me like a perfume,
like sex on two feet,
like walking meat.

No one says: you move
like a breeze. No one says:
your eyes are a swimming peace. Instead,

I am nice ass. I am sufficient tits. I am constructed
into some poster wish, and oh yes, Baby, won't you wear
those higher heels? That shorter dress?
Bend over, sweetie, like a supple tree,
reach right over.
Just like that, Ma.
       Just.
       Like.
       That.

A man's never told me: I love your lips
for the words they spill, for the nouns
they round, for how they puff air out pressed
like little irons.

Nor have I heard a word about my ears,
how well they listen to this body-slander,
how they gape themselves like sick synonyms
under-ripe
with sex appeal.

Please tell me, there's more than smooth skin,
more than a useful tongue and teeth, more than
open legs like open caskets.
Tell me: your collar bone looks like an ark, your hands
like a safe keeping, your hair smells like home
and safe spring passing.

Tell me: your fingers
are for more than pianos
or my penis.
Older poem (circa 2007, maybe?) reworked in 2013.

Published in The Rampallian Spring 2013 issue: www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/…
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Attributes by vespera ( Suggested by camelopardalisinblue and Featured by DorianHarper )
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is really beautiful, really perfect. :heart:
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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MistressofQuills Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Writer
Wow.... this is spectacular. I love this concept, and I think many, many women can relate to it's message. Well done, and thank you for sharing!
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: thank you!
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:iconmistressofquills:
MistressofQuills Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome:aww:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   General Artist
just makes me deeply sigh :heart:
congratulations both on getting published and the dd, dear lady. :tighthug:
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
YOU :heart:
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winterkate Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Writer
Congratulations. This is really a wonderful poem.
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vespera Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thanks!
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BlueSoulGreenMind Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
There is a need for substance in desire.
That theme is consistent throughout the poem and the thought flows.
I love the negative connotation you gave to being lusted over with this verse:
"Please tell me, there's more than smooth skin,
more than a useful tongue and teeth, more than
open legs like open caskets."
That comparison with death and sex was beautiful. 
I mean when you are looked at as an object you aren't looked at as living or as another person.
it really drove your message home:

Desire me like you want ME, ALL of me, so I know what you are seeing is ME and not my "Attributes"  
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