“Thisbe” by John William Waterhouse 1909

His voice
when softest twilight
draws her blue-hemmed dress
across the glare
of setting sun
it drifted to her ear
pressed flat
upon a slivered crease
the heady scent of plaster
dust clings to stone
like the days of history
to the slow march of time
the vibrations of his speech
caresses her auditory cortex
translates his words into a warm
trickle of honey sliding down
to the recesses of her heart
stoking the fire in her pulse
and delivering its fireish hue
upon her youthful cheeks
he is coy in his overture
but there is desire in his tone
and a flame which warms
the wild tingle between her thighs
they are young
and her youthful heart sings back
to him
across their isolation
the soft and subtle sounds
of her wet lips
speak to him of her own
deep longing
to breach this narrow divide
of stone and mortar
for her fingers to touch
so much more than the rough
face of rock
stolen from the mountains to build a wall
Love will not be contained
and so it was
with these two souls
At the mulberry
bold Pyramus would meet
and bring to her
his desirous kiss
a carafe to finally quench
Their thirst
and to dine upon each other
feasting and drowning in eyes
that had n’er seen the other
save what a few inches
of air and moonlight could reveal
but tragic
A beast frightened
one heart to flee
another to find a fragile fabric
and in despair for what
was perceived as lost
swift steel makes short work
of smooth muscle
and in a pool of crimson
their eyes finally meet
and forever the Mulberry
bears the fruit
of their love

*Mr. Waterhouse and I continue our partnership. 🙂

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30 Responses to Thisbe…

  1. Beautiful… as always. I love this: “and to dine upon each other / feasting and drowning in eyes” ♥

  2. Geetha B says:

    It brings to mind Tristan and Yseult 🙂 Lovely write Eric

  3. maharedwynn says:

    So passionate and beautiful, Eric! ❤️

  4. augustmacgregor says:

    Good to see Mr. Waterhouse is still inspiring you. I admire how consistently good you are at crafting these poem-stories. You captured the heart of the myth, the longing and despair, with these lovers forced to be apart.

  5. Eric says:

    Hey there beautiful! I think he’s got about 20 or so. But im happy to write something about each one. 🙂

  6. Meg Sorick says:

    I can see how these paintings would inspire! Beautiful poem and storytelling!

  7. I LOVE this Waterhouse. I’m reminded, of course, of Shakespeare and the play within a play (Midsummer Night’s Dream). A beautiful tribute to both poet and painter. I love how you’re playing with mythology lately… #mast 💖

  8. Rita says:

    Oh, my Brother this is glorious. I’m loving this partnership of yours❤️

  9. You really are the king of romantic and imagery

  10. mandibelle16 says:

    Gorgeous poetry. I love this love story, them both so young and finding a haven in each other, but things end a bloody mess literally, and that’s very unfortunate.

  11. moonskittles says:

    Ohh this whispers love straight to my heart!
    ❤ ❤

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