On Appetites

Pablo Picasso periodpaper.com

Pablo Picasso periodpaper.com

It started with the thumb
could not get enough of it
except when chi`chi came out
and that not often enough
to sate an infant’s appetite

It moved on to the hand
couldn’t grasp enough of it
except when milking the goats
then that by far too often
to foul a lad’s imagination

It moved on to the eye
could not see enough of it
except on wrinkled center`folds
and that in guilty shadows
to fuel a lonely fantasy

At last it moved to heart
in the longing to be loved
the finding of which is in giving
the very gift that’s grasped
to satisfy a man’s appetite

“Subdue your appetites, my dears,
and you’ve conquered human nature.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to On Appetites

  1. chronology of desire


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