steam

Photo Credits: Nickolas Muray

steam

I shadow danced

for you

I draped myself

in a thin, filmy piece

of breath

exhaled against

your cold indifference

against my passion

ice & fire

steam that

condensates

upon the heart

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Photo Challenge #38, shadow dancer.

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19 thoughts on “steam

  1. georgeplace2013 December 11, 2014 / 6:46 am

    ice & fire
    steam that
    condensates
    upon the heart… very telling, too bad it didn’t melt the ice instead. Absolutely beautiful work here.

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    • phylor December 11, 2014 / 9:11 am

      Thank you — we do try to melt hearts, but so often that love is unrequited, no matter how much heat we apply!

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  2. Chèvrefeuille December 11, 2014 / 1:45 am

    A beautiful poem … very sensual and with a touch of sexuality … very nicely done as if the photo came to life …

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    • phylor December 11, 2014 / 9:09 am

      Thank you. The photo was intriguing and it’s good to hear that I captured the “spirit and soul of the shadow dancer.”

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      • Chèvrefeuille December 11, 2014 / 10:38 pm

        It’s really a great photo … and your poem went great with it.

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        • phylor December 12, 2014 / 10:31 am

          Thanks. Images can write the poem for me.

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  3. Bastet December 11, 2014 / 12:15 am

    Wow … this is fascinating!

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    • phylor December 11, 2014 / 9:08 am

      Thanks! The picture was so evocative and the title shadow dancer brought other images to mind as well.

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      • Bastet December 11, 2014 / 11:54 am

        Yes, Yves wrote a really great prompt with that one!

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  4. moondustwriter December 10, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    the cold-hearted don’t even deserve the wisps of steam

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    • phylor December 10, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      True. Sometimes we hope to warm the cold heart as we might warm cold hands. The cold-hearted often don’t want warmth, so as you say, they “don’t even deserve the wisps of steam.”

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  5. summerstommy2 December 9, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    For me the intensity of this poem grabs me, I did so enjoy it, well done.

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    • phylor December 10, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      I was fascinated by the image — there’s were the intensity you felt sprung from. Thanks!

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  6. julespaige December 9, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    A beautiful romance in brevity.
    A ballet of words.

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  7. phylor December 9, 2014 / 10:01 am

    Thank you! The image was so evocative (as I commented to Bastet).
    How goes the move and settling in? Been wondering (and haven’t visited your other blogs to see how things are progressing.
    Thanks for stopping by during what must be a very busy time.

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    • phylor December 9, 2014 / 10:03 am

      My comment above sound be below mlm’s comment. I bet this will be above too. Why? The comment Gremlins have woken up from hibernation!

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      • phylor December 9, 2014 / 10:03 am

        Worked. Having trouble with language — sound should be should!

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