April is National Poetry Month—I recommend celebrating it by writing poetry to your beloved...or excerpting or paraphrasing another's. For example, here is a piece, an excerpt from Gertrude Stein's "Lifting Belly," that speaks to the saucy-side of one's affections.... And, yes, "lifting belly" is a euphemism...don't make me tell you what for!
Arrest. Do you please me. I do more than that. When are you most proud of me. Dare I ask you to be satisfied. Dear me.... When do I see the lightning. Every night. Lifting belly again. It is a credit to me. There was an instant of lifting belly. Lifting belly is an occasion. An occasion to please me. Oh yes. Mention it. Lifting belly is courteous. Lifting belly is hilarious, gay and favorable. O yes it is. Indeed it is not a disappointment. Not to me. Lifting belly is such an incident. In one’s life. Lifting belly is such an incident in one’s life. I don’t mean to be reasonable.... Leave me. See me. Lifting belly is no joke. I appreciate that. Do not show kindness. Why not. Because it ruffles me. Do not say that it is unexpected..... Lifting belly. Extraordinary.... Lifting belly is right. And we were right..... Oh yes. Lifting belly is so strong. You said that before. Lifting belly is so strong and willing. Lifting belly is so strong and yet waiting. Lifting belly is so soothing. Yes, indeed. It gives me greater pleasure. Does it. It gives me great pleasure.... Lifting belly try again. I will not say what I think about lifting belly. O yes you will. Well then please have it understood that I can’t be responsible for doubts. Nobody doubts. Nobody doubts. I have no use for lifting belly. Do you say that to me. No I don’t..... Do you stare. Lifting belly to me.... Lifting belly is so satisfying. Do no speak to me. Of it. Lifting belly is so sweet.... Lifting belly is such an experiment We were thoroughly brilliant.... Lifting belly is a credit. Do you care about poetry? Lifting belly in spots. Do you like ink? Better than butter. Better than anything. Any letter is an alphabet. When this you see you will kiss me. Lifting belly is so generous. Shoes.
What is your favorite poem? What poem would you share with a paramour?