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Take Off Your Cross - Says She To The Shepherd

Updated on October 15, 2013

“Take off your cross.”she says to the shepherd
As his pelvis pushes her against a thrown blanket
She pushes back and rises,
“Take it off.”

Atop plush grass on rolling hilltop
His hand rises to his neck
And holds it in his fist.

His rise of Martyrdom is the plight of millions..
Their names are never sung through the halls
Erected in his name.
Their children never claimed.

Her hands under the shoulders of his cloak
She pulls it off
Her fingers sweeping the cloth;

“Don’t hold onto the promise of that embrace,
Don’t be so simple! You were told and now you yearn for it.
Its touch was supposed to be like silk! Instead
it’s like this wool- itchy and in your allergy it cracks your skin leaving hives to redden and welt all over you. That is the sin! There is no room for that inside you!”


A penalty of corruption and rape and greed and the
charred flesh of little girls
all shoved behind a curtain of piety and moral compass and footprints walking beside you.


His body they feed to seagulls
And like your lambs they shiver and shake
As they catch the scent of wolves
Carried on this mountains breath.



Thanks Pandorasconviction for letting me use your work. It's beautiful!
Thanks Pandorasconviction for letting me use your work. It's beautiful! | Source



I A M T H A T W O L F!


I am the package left to haunt you.
I am the sin they ward against.
Her hands pull free the ribbons in her hair
And betwixt the breezes touch - auburn tresses glitter
from freckled shoulders her dress drops;

“In this monotheist nation- they would burn me.
Take off your cross.”


His eyes touch hers then quickly look away.
She reaches and touching
his cheek whispers;

“Would you burn me? Take my breath away beneath moonlit clouds? Silence me?”


Her pale flesh glows in the sun -
Kissed by it.
And his eyes are so thirsty.
Drinking in the sight of her full breasts;
wind licked nipples perfect, pink and peaked.

Envy fills him as he takes in her thigh -
her hip, her tender spots;
like liquid brandy, he is heated.


Her hands lifted high
She twirls and giggles,


“Should I feel shame for this vessel?
For the desire it invokes, and the pleasure it
Inspires?”


Her bodies full and flowing like
rushing rivers and licks of waterfalls -


“With you, I am the wolf and the sheep.
With you I am a lion and it’s ness. Feral lives inside me formed of cats and rats, wild and untamed -
Predator and prey.”


She shimmers and the colors swirl about her.
Her magic sings a story of love,
of mothers, fathers, and lovers,
Of giddy festivals and ethereal pluming smokes,
With spirit faces glowing and growing toothy cracked grins.


She sings…
The earth my womb, my body; your milk -
The rivers my tears..
Her hand over his…
The moon my lover…
You my mountain.. You my god; I yours.


Let of us learn of each other
Cool the lava rock of my ire and rage-
“Their penalty; your temptation.
Resist me then! I A M their vixen! “
Her hand over his- “I am God, perfect and incomplete.”



He yanks..
“Put your lips on mine.” He says, “I will make love to you.”
“thump” as it falls..
“Let us finish this song, and take flight on phoenix wings,
The sheep whimper, for they've caught our scent..”
Ecstasy a cloud about them, birds chirp in reverence..
All the people who listen look up and smile
A twinkle in their eye..
Yet, for a time…
They will wonder why.

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      Of course! Thanks so much for reading and I apologize for confusion. It has been updated. I hope you enjoyed my work as I have enjoyed yours.

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      Pandora 4 years ago

      Love the artwork! The pic of the burning witch is my work though. Here is the link to my page http://pandorasconviction.deviantart.com/art/The-W...

      Next time please provide credit and provide me with the link to where you used the work. I put a lot of time into my work..just the same as you did with yours. Again Thanks for using my work!

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      haha- glad you approve! One of my more inspired pieces. Sometimes I haven't the faintest clue where my imagination will lead me. Thanks as always for reading. Cheers to you Phillydreamer!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I feel naughty for reading this. This is sin and seduction, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Good job. LOL.

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      Wow epigramman! Your comment is so thoughtful and full of everything I could hope to hear. You have set me in a smiling tizzy. I mean to check you out.. see what I have inspired. Thanks so much for coming to this corner of the world. Coming from hubpages poet of the year two years running means a lot! I may just have a few more cinematic videos hiding in the rest of my pages. Feel free to loiter and flatter me further. :)

      Gypsy Rose Lee - Thanks so much!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      One incredible, fantastic and amazing piece of work. Super pics.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      You're on fire alright, Frankie - this is the best music video I've ever seen in my cinematic mind courtesy of your inflammatory words which set my creative soul on fire - and at 5:20am in the morning at lake erie time ontario canada - that is saying alot - you are a force of sheer literary nature - magic is alive in those words and in your hallowed pen.

      Ole!

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      The heart tells the stories we can't with the words we can only let flow creating for us our prayers - calling the faces of many monsters hiding in shadow by their names to sending them home.

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      Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      As usual, you are amazing. :)

      Your subjects and themes are always raw and charged - yet full of emotion and looking to put things in a context, through a story or dramatic played out scene. I always try to understand what is in your words. You deserve praise. Never stop writing from the heart.

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      Astra your right! I guess I didn't realize it was so testosterone inflated but it absolutely is. It's sorta a violent on slot of desire and passion and finality. A challenge to see crimes against humanity and all the different guises it hides behind. Thanks for reading and for your shining praise.

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      Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Gosh, what a sheer vortex of words as they pummel and throw us... this is heavy with meaning and emotion, Frankie. This is bursting with um... testosterone.... LOL. I am not kidding. Very sensual and yes ...erotic.

      This is a universal statement about one person "cosuming" another, where consuming takes an obvious meaning. Desire and burning interweave as one passion is overtaken by another, and they revolve around each other. In the end it puts righteousness on a pyre.

      Your writing is always awe-inspiring, Frankie. Another breath-taking hub written by you. :)

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      Thanks unknownauthor72! I am flattered. Glad you liked it you may like to check out some of my other hubs if you get the time :) Welcome to hubpages :)

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      UnknownAuthor72 4 years ago from USA

      This is some amazing work. You should be published! :)

      thumbs up and shared. Just beautiful wow.