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Temple of Desire

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Dverse topic of the night is desire and sexuality and our personal views on it.  If you haven’t checked out the exceptional poetry going on over at dverse, hightail it over there by clicking on the link!

 

here lies fleshly temple

living archive

within which are held

sensory etchings

intertwined orientations

intergenerational associations

Pavlovian conditionings

libidinous hierarchies

trauma-infused twistings

and a room filled

with madness

*

the keeper has keys

to the temple and

its rooms. the keys are

heavy with gold,

infused with magic

at holy times

worshippers may

walk the grounds

and admire the

architecture —

but none may enter

*

the keeper’s deep wisdom

as warrior and protectorate

ensures none will gain access

or reach the inner sanctum

it is written in the book

the last time it was breached

1000 years ago

scorched earth

lay upon the land

through ten rulers

the temple sleeps in peace

 

 

16 thoughts on “Temple of Desire

  1. I am so intrigued by the invocation of the temple of flesh and desire — it both adds into its mysticism as well as the protectionary/cautionary restrictions. The keeper/protector makes me uncomfortable with the histories of men keeping control of women’s sexuality — the inner-sanctum being the nature/energy of womanhood banished to the ideals of being worshipped and revered and thereby repressed and oppressed. This actually reminded me of the Plath poem I quoted in the post. I hope I am not straying too far from the thought behind it.
    I really liked it — it’s layered and it made me delve into the metaphorical connotations and allegories, making for an invigorating reading. Thank you for participating. 🙂

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    1. Anmol, I am very pleased that you took a critical look at the poem and the implications of it. It’s why I write in public. I totally see why a woman locking her sexuality/desires away, unreachable and protected but to be worshipped and revered from afar would make you uncomfortable, for the reasons you stated. What has shifted in this poem is that the woman is placing these restrictions on herself for her own reasons, as they are alluded to at the end. I appreciate you calling attention to the historical male model of repression and oppression and for that I’m thankful. Maybe there is a better way out there to accomplish the same end who knows 🙂

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  2. Wonderful mythic quality to this – the whole thing is wrapped in a magical miasma of conflicting desire.
    Love this list – how sadly true:

    sensory etchings

    intertwined orientations

    intergenerational associations

    Pavlovian conditionings

    libidinous hierarchies

    trauma-infused twistings

    and a room filled

    with madness

    Liked by 1 person

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