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Can you recommend some sensual poems?

Asked by stardust (10552points) December 8th, 2010

Any favourite sensual poems that you’d like to share?

I like Pablo Neruda’s, Ode To A Naked Beauty

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

i carry your heart with me, by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

One from my dear grandmother…

A pirate, history relates
Was scuffling with some of his mates
When he slipped on a cutlass
Which rendered him nutless
And practically useless on dates

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zenvelo's avatar

@FlutherPeeHole I hope that is not a poem about Katy Perry changing her last name to Brand…:-)

bkcunningham's avatar

@CyanoticWasp, I love that poem. It was actually read at my wedding. If you like cummings, check out “i like my body when it is with your body” for sensual.
i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite a new thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like,, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you quite so new

Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric” and “A Woman Waits for Me” are both very sensual. Too long to post here. But really erotic, especially for his time. So many. I hope you enjoy these.

stardust's avatar

@bkcunningham Thank you :) Those are wonderful poems.

everephebe's avatar

—How about Rimbaud’s Sensation :

On the blue summer evenings, I shall go down the paths,
Getting pricked by the corn, crushing the short grass:
In a dream I shall feel its coolness on my feet.
I shall let the wind bathe my bare head.

I shall not speak, I shall think about nothing:
But endless love will mount in my soul;
And I shall travel far, very far, like a gypsy,
Through the countryside – as happy as if I were with a woman.

Or his, “First Evening” (not the translation I wanted to find):
Her clothes were almost off;
Outside, a curious tree
Beat a branch at the window
To see what it could see.

Perched on my enormous easy chair,
Half nude, she clasped her hands.
Her feet trembled on the floor,
As soft as they could be.

I watched as a ray of pale light,
Trapped in the tree outside,
Danced from her mouth
To her breast, like a fly on a flower.

I kissed her delicate ankles.
She had a soft, brusque laugh
That broke into shining crystals -
A pretty little laugh.

Her feet ducked under her chemise;
‘Will you please stop it!…’
But I laughed at her cries -
I knew she really liked it.

Her eye trembled beneath my lips;
They closed at my touch.
Her head went back; she cried:
‘Oh, really! That’s too much!

‘My dear, I’m warning you…’
I stopped her protest with a kiss
And she laughed, low -
A laugh that wanted more than this…

Her clothes were almost off;
Outside, a curious tree
Beat a branch at the window
To see what it could see.

gailcalled's avatar

William Butler Yeats. b. 1865

When You are Old

WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

flutherother's avatar

Suddenly the drunken sweetheart appeared out of my door.
She drank a cup of ruby wine and sat by my side.
Seeing and holding the lockets of her hair
My face became all eyes, and my eyes all hands

From: The Thief of Sleep
By Rumi

spykenij's avatar

My answer is a bit more erotic since I worked in an adult “novelty” store. Check out a website called There are a lot of poems that people post there and even some writers who publish books of their poetry.

Earthgirl's avatar

I have always loved this one by Kendel Hippolyte, from Saint Lucia.

good morning

i woke this morning
the taste of silence
smell of banana in the room
the memory of your breast like sapodilla in my teeth

no objects in this room
no thing more real than the other
the table waited, breathing
the chair sat
quietly, saying nothing

the bowl, too
was saying nothing in particular
it only said banana, orange
and its perfect mouth
dilated slightly when it said

sun-shaft, breaking darkness
at the one crack in the louvers
shattered silently into photons
and scattered the sun-seed
deep into the corners

the house ached with the night before
you could have walked through
walls that were walls only
out of habit
yearning for the single, the seperate
soft sex of objects with the light between them

last night
has left the whole house dipped in milk
i feel the nipple of each object
if i rub the light switch one more time…

you burst like grapes in my memory
and everything is rounded
i find their centres without thinking
now, as yesterday and all
the other flattened surfaces
curve backwards into spheres and crescents
i swing upwards again like a bell’s tongue
laughing inside you.

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