The Temple Goddess

by Gerard Donnelly Smith

September 6, 2004   


The one priestess stands at the altar
bathed in white linen gowns, her long
tresses black as night, dark as hell.
Approaching, knowing I will lose myself,
pleasure moves between us,
and I sink to my kneees.
Each morning to her I would come
begging for red kisses
like rose petals falling from a dead stem.
Then, when passion ends,
stare mutely until the vision came,
rending the air between us.
Some sublime horror, an abject gift,
would wrest me from her; of will
emptied, I would dictate the terror.
Then send the nightmare to you
who hoping it to be the last,
cannot resist reading.

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