Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

May I Clarinet Your Thighs?

"The formation of substitution and contamination in speech-mistakes is, therefore, the beginning of that work of condensation which we find taking a most active part in the construction of a dream."  --Sigmund Freud, Psychopathology of Everyday Life


May I clarinet your thighs
and explicate your savanna? If
you charm it to be desirable,
I should like to alluviate down
on the excellence established
between your doric expenditures.

Listen: Let me emigrate with you
on blue and mahogany. Let us
forest the open-air museum of our
deft velvet, our fragrant fur
and slick, moist rubrics.

Oh, my dearest pungent storm,
please tell me how you'd like your
candelabra ordained in ecstasy!


Copyright 2012 Hans Ostrom
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