She Was – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Poetics with an invitation to paradox using inspiration from two sources, my choice is Paul Dunbar.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Beyond Meaning or The Resolution of Opposites

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“I am the fool in the morning, thou art my slave in the night.” Paul Dunbar (The Paradox)

She Was

Dressed of innocence in the light
she revelled as mistress by dark,
when maxis gave way to minis in taxis,
water surrendered to whiskey, and
walk gave way to strut and swagger
of rounded hips, explicit though hidden,
between cotton and leather, though
lace was ambivalent and undecided,
her breathtaking purity as decadence
or sultry vamp as coy as a maiden,
she was as enigmatic as any code
yet unbroken though known.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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41 responses to “She Was – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. loved this! the rythm rolls the reader from one line to the next in a kind of helter skelter. Such an enjoyable read and one to read aloud
    “when maxis gave way to minis in taxis,
    water surrendered to whiskey, and
    walk gave way to strut and swagger”

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  3. This made me think about the Talking Heads song And She Was. Very nice Paul.

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  4. all said above … as I totter off the screen, as opposed to strutt or swagger!

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  5. Sizzling hot, Paul. Masterful wordweaving going on here. A paradox indeed.

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  6. p.s. Just read this out loud and love it even more. One of your best erotic poems.

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  7. I think the temptress always find the best way to attract…

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  8. “walk gave way to strut and swagger
    of rounded hips, explicit though hidden,
    between cotton and leather, “

    Wonderful imagery Paul! Fine poem…

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  9. I really like this one. Regardless of the picture your words describe a beautiful seductive mysterious girl next door. I was able to picture with all the contradictions. Thank you so much for sharing this. 🙂

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  10. Mystery, thy name is woman . . . Well done!

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  11. ‘Lace was ambivalent and undecided…’ What a fab phrase! It immediately leads me to picture both the innocent and the naughty. 🙂

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  12. Late the the reading 😦
    Loved the image here and your poem relates to it well. All of the opposites, many times within a line, are so well done. Even the title: She Was….not is.
    I enjoyed this. Read it a second time aloud and it “rolls” well!

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  13. sanaarizvi

    This is smoking hot!!! ❤️ I love; “lace was ambivalent and undecided.” 😀

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  14. Well… Lovely I used it cause you are referring to a woman if it was a man I’ll use handsome good words to make up a great poem

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  15. This poem is a fire of desire. Love it, Paul!

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  16. lync56

    I love the contrasting in this poem

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