A Sailor’s Poem (Sarah, Poem #2)
A sailor saw a naked woman one day
In shallow water at play
He approaches Oh so carefully
As if walking on thin ice
As if an enemy is about to strike
But she laughs, smiles, and says
All that I require is in your eyes and your mind:
Simply see my beauty
And yes, there is a test:
Say words that my heart with love can bind
Otherwise my love you will never find.
The sailor says,
The seven seas are not as deep as your beauty
Nor can any wind dispel the warmth of your smile
But if words are the test
I will do my best:
I know of treasures the seas do not possess
I know the hungers that luck in your depths
I know the taste of a wine so sweet and kind
It is fermented from starlight
From the citrine light of dawn and the emerald flash at sunset
Soft as the serene dream of the moon slipping into a mountain pool
This is the touch of your lips
With no other will you ever taste a love so divine
The woman replies,
Like all men I think you speak lies
But as I look into your eyes
I see the sea staring back at me
Who are you?
Merely a man who has fallen for you
Although what you see is true—
In my eyes the blue green sea dreams her deepest dreams
And her deepest dream is the love
I will share with you.
Well, dear reader, does he pass the test?
Will he get to taste her lips, hips, and breasts
What is her reply?
Will she respond with a smile, a sigh, or a tear in her eye?
Is he just another fool?
I will leave the decision to you.