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a brazen ecstasy which begs
the question some of us are asking -
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Magpie Tales # 9


I love to watch you putting on your lipstick,
Carefully ensuring you don’t smear.
Your lips are round and full
And already kiss-a-ble,
But when you’re wearing lipstick,
I’m a dipstick
For you,

You tell me that my presence is off-putting,
You claim to do it better when I’m gone.
But in the confines of our house,
You should not hide from your spouse,
And I’ll say it to you freely,
God, it really
Turns me

So let me hold the mirror for you, darling,
Then let me taste your lips of ruby wine.
I’ve heard across in Bruges
All the men are wearing rouge,
But I love you wearing lippy,
Man of
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  1. Cleverly written, a terrific read!

  2. Loved this and how you wrote it.. a clever twist at the end.

  3. Dear Sweet Peter: What a "turn on" your poetry never fails to stimulate the mind and natural sensual of the real woman. Insert wolf call here. Lipstick does a two act play on showy display. Thinks I am going to wear a lot more lipstick, swing from a tree and find me Tarzan or a "Mississippi Man of mine". Love your fancy catching poems, they are so much fun! Lips are definitely of the "stiff upper lip variety". :) (note the stiff-upper lip; very across the pondishness)

  4. i am a dipstick...lol...fun magpie!

  5. That last line was a cute surprise! Fun piece, Pete.

  6. Stimulating and intriguing, very brilliant, your twist. 'You claim to do it better when I'm gone'... indeed! Very witty and well written.

  7. Ha ha ha! Oh, very good, indeed.

    (You read my bus-post, but missed the lipstick one.)

    Oh, and if you have a minute, read the sestina (the latest) and tell me what you think.


  8. Very clever and so full of truth!

  9. Love the way it flows -- some great lines you have there, Like your take on this magpie -- so very witty and creative,


  10. Very nice Peter! I like it a lot ... such sensuality in your words...then a nice little surprise at the close.

  11. It's lovely to hear from the man's perspective on the wearing of lipstick. So girls, it really is worth making the effort, isn't it. A lovely poem, which sounds good and looks good too.
    Well done.

  12. Makes me think of the Beatles' Desmond -- who stays at home and does his pretty face and "in the evening she's a singer with the band."

    Nicely done!

  13. As always Pete, witty and fun to read. Love the twist!

  14. Hysterically funny and the ending, wow!

  15. A great love poem for a partner with a funny bone. Liked the form Peter. This lippy prompt has really brought out the wild child in many of us. Freedom to let that repressed kissing stuff flow.

  16. The second stanza is my favorite. Love the way you timed every word. You reminded me of my son, who watched me put on my makeup when he was really small. He knew my whole routine. Funny!

  17. funny,
    you did amazing job!

  18. I used to watch my grandmother put on her lipstick. It was always pink. Very Barbara Cartland. Loved the twist. Cracked me up!