there are kisses
that never taste skin
but, once dreamed
brush across lips

a stinging emptiness of air

***we are writing about temptation over at dVerse today.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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63 Responses to temptation

  1. Mary says:

    Oh, the stinging emptiness of air speaks to me of yearning for what will never be!

  2. brian miller says:

    oo lala…that last line sets this on its head a bit…from a kiss to empty air…
    and perhaps that is temptation itself…insubstantial

  3. George Ellington says:

    Oh yes indeed, Susan. So true.

    • Thanks, George. Wonderful topic over at dVerse today–all things tempting. Had to do it. Sin plus saudade are my favorite topics for poetry, when twined together.

  4. Laurie Kolp says:

    So profound in so few words… really, I love this, Susan.

  5. Short but biting Susan ~ Imagined or real, temptations are everywhere ~

    have a good weekend ~

  6. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I really like this, Susan. Desire as the body in dream.

  7. whimsygizmo says:

    “a stinging emptiness of air”

    Goodness. That is gorgeously perfect.

  8. claudia says:

    ha…the stinging emptiness of air…what a great image…so much happens in our mind…

  9. Oh a stinging emptiness in the air, so beautifully expressed. Nice!

  10. Rowan Taw says:

    Concise and perfect. That kind of kiss can drive a person mad!

  11. How much temptation is, than the emptiness to give in… love it…

  12. Alice Keys says:

    WOW. You painted this with the complexity of longing.

  13. wolfsrosebud says:

    that temptation does begin before the act

  14. cloudfactor5 says:

    short, concise, and powerfully conveyed !! I enjoyed your offering tonight !! excuse me while I kiss the sky !!

  15. Adura Ojo says:

    Brevity that’s so effective, it packs a punch and tells more than a story! One of my best on the circuit run tonight!

  16. Oh I like this a lot Susan. Love the format and there is a lot of power behind your words- almost like a warning! 🙂


  18. aka_andrea says:

    unrequited temptation can be so noble

  19. zongrik says:

    i like the concept of the kiss once dreamed

    sexy hits the streets

  20. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …the physical engagement is quite more intimidating & don’t most likely lead to that anticipated arousal or drive than what it had been when it was imagined… really an excellent short piece… smiles…

  21. nelle says:

    Air guitar and air kisses?

  22. unfetteredbs says:

    never taste skin…(for shame). Love this Susan

  23. Unralized potential?!

  24. Wonderful Susan ! Happy Mothers Day dear friend !

  25. Akila says:

    you defined the very feeling here…lovely!

  26. temptations are sweetest till gratified.

  27. janehewey says:

    so evocative, Susan. so glad to read (even though I am incredibly behind in my blog reading) cheers to a lovely week. ~jane

  28. The temptation is in the emptiness which makes you want more. Perfectly written 🙂

  29. And often, they are the best ones.

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