Invitation – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Spike – dVerse Poets Quadrille 75


Photo:  Himalayan Spikenard




threw wisdom out the window
just for a moment
as he lay with the woman from Shulem
who came to him in the night
naked, spiced,
sweet to taste,
whose garden,
that holy of holies,
was pure spikenard
fragrance of invitation
to explore.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Note: This poem references Song of Songs variously known as The Canticle, Canticle of Solomon, Song of Solomon, etc. which is part of the Jewish canon (from the scrolls of the Tanakh). The Song of Songs (holy of holies) is a poetic tribute to erotic love focussing on Solomon and an unnamed woman from Shulem. Solomon names her physical parts and she reciprocates, poetically, spikenard being the penultimate aroma of the vagina, or as Solomon says, her channel, or, her garden.





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47 responses to “Invitation – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Spikenard … the fragrance of love! Well done. A beautiful story!

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  2. Eloquently written Paul. Song of Songs is one of my favourite passages from the bible. It’s spiritual translation is the soul’s relationship to God.

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  3. Beautifully penned! New word for me.

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  4. You’ve turned porn into poetry, and that takes some skill 😉 An exquisitely creative use of the prompt.

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  5. Ennle Madresan


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  6. An invitation is like a spike.

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  7. Peter Adewumi

    I like the poem: its theme and expression. Well done!

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  8. I think wisdom sometimes is wasted on beauty

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  9. a timeless story of temptation.

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  10. So that’s where nard comes from! Interesting.

    Paul, is it just me or is the image of a lover as “naked, spiced” rather on the exceptionally erotic side?

    I’m not one of those good folks who thinks everything was better in the old days, but now and then, you know, you come across something the ancients did that makes you wonder, “Why did we ever quit doing that?”.

    I guess I’m just as guilty as the next person of not working hard enough at trying to make an art out of living.

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  11. Initially I was distracted by the eroticism and had to re-read the poem several times. You have captured the essence of relationship, be it with one’s Maker or beloved – oneness, desire, yearning, and accessibility of self to the other. All beautifully captured in a word, invitation.

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  12. “spikenard”!!!
    Love this clever use of the word, and the poem it created.

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  13. sanaarizvi

    My goodness this is good! ❤️

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  14. The erotic content does not take away the beauty of your verse…rather adds to it.

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