The Lovers

For Kerry’s Art Prompt at Real Toads, using a pen and ink drawing from her journal.  NOTE: I have been reading Yeats steadily for a month.


The Dystopian Tarot, The Lovers
Kerry O’Connor


The Lovers
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

you spoke softly and offered me the world –
the world in a piece of fruit,
the world in a stroke of flesh,
the world in touch of tongue against tongue.
we sensed the wrongness
and yet –
we continued to nibble.
we broke the skin on the fruit
and sucked the juice.
we lay in each other’s arms
staring up at the virgin moon
and the untested stars.
in our ignorance we thought we
would live forever –
but our hearts grew weary and we died.
the news was simulcast to the world.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 04, 2019 @ 16:14:12

    Oh the simulcast… everything is a reality show. Maybe we are all just actors in a dystopian play. Reminds me of the Truman show.


  2. sanaarizvi
    May 04, 2019 @ 16:28:22

    This is incredibly powerful, Toni! I especially like “the world in touch of tongue against tongue. we sensed the wrongness and yet –we continued to nibble,” .. you depict wonderfully the allure of everything forbidden. ❤️


  3. larry trasciatti
    May 04, 2019 @ 20:17:05

    no one can hide anything anymore


  4. georgeplace2013
    May 04, 2019 @ 23:26:34

    the news was simulcast to the world.” I like a good cynical ending.


  5. kim881
    May 05, 2019 @ 03:43:21

    I agree with Björn about the simulcast and everything being a reality show. I too thought of The Truman show, which I’ve watched several times. And what a perfect quote from Oscar Wilde! You’ve captured sensuality on that piece of fruit, Toni!


  6. Kerry
    May 05, 2019 @ 04:06:55

    we sensed the wrongness
    and yet –
    we continued to nibble.

    I really like your approach to this image, and especially the interplay of meaning, as shown in the lines I quoted.
    Thank you for participating so hot on the heels of April.


  7. Susie Clevenger
    May 05, 2019 @ 14:24:42

    Love your ending… It is tiring to know there is no privacy any more, even from the moment life began.


  8. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    May 05, 2019 @ 21:54:09

    …I found this so very moving – and real.


  9. purplepeninportland
    May 06, 2019 @ 20:30:14

    Did sorta make the news, didn’t it! Love this, Toni.


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