Rouge Desire – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Alchemy with Laurie Lee


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“That first long secret drink of golden fire, juice of those valleys and of that time, wine of the wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples, and Rosie’s burning cheeks. Never to be forgotten, or ever tasted again.”    ‘Cider With Rosie’ by Laurie Lee

The challenge by Laura Bloomsbury of dVerse Poets is to take a piece of prose by Laurie Lee and work it into a poem.


Rouge Desire

I drank of you that secret drink,
that juice of wild valleys
that moistened your ruby lips
of apple red seduction.

I sat with you in those russet hallways
of sun marked scapes of wonder,
and counted cotton candy clouds
that sugared us with joy.

Memories like clocks who ever know
how we loved each other like a
baroque lilting of romantic flow,
never scrumpy, always smooth as wine.

Your golden haired hypnotic dazzle
unforgettable in all eyes of seeing,
your fiery cheeks like rouge desire
for a love delighting in its time.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under challenge, Free Verse, love, poem, poetry, prose, relationship, romance

37 responses to “Rouge Desire – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Reblogged this on Megha's World and commented:
    Come read this gorgeous love poem from Paul and do visit the website for his amazing collection of poems

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  2. a lovely intoxicating poem – drinking deep on the original and originating your own marvellous way with words
    “I sat with you in those russet hallways
    of sun marked scapes of wonder,”

    I also love “Memories like clocks” – a most memorable line. Thanks for joining in the LL prompt

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  3. This appeals to all the senses!

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  4. I love the imagery, Paul!

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  5. The fact that all is written in past tense made it bittersweet… we never get to know what happened afterwards, but love is never sweeter than this I think

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  6. a sensual meander through lost but not forgotten desire …

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  7. That you can somehow weave the expression ‘never scrumpy’ into a love poem is an achievement in itself!

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  8. Sounds like trip down sweet memory lane…back to the Garden of Eden!

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  9. This is very romantic Paul, a statement of genuine love! Excellent write!

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  10. “Cotton candy clouds that sugared us with joy” and “your hypnotic dazzle” the senses that are twanged with your phrases. So wonderful, all of it.

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  11. lync56

    beautiful and so well written


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  12. This is beautiful 🌷

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  14. So beautiful and vibrant. Love and nature intertwined together just bewitches.

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