Poem: Cascading Etherees- “A Lovers Portrait Of Her Tinatangi.” #wordhighjuly #introtopoetry

The poetry 101 prompt is faces with alliteration. 





You were sleeping so soundly, tinatangi

Sun through window, I stifled a grin when, 

Turned towards me tangled in your, 

Dreams, whispering words; couldn’t —

Understand what you said, 

But I studied your face,

Relaxed, peaceful, 

Why are you, 







Sober reflection, 

Until I made you smile, 

Until You cornered me, 

Stealing a kiss and, 

I stole a few more and you, 

Never resisted until you, 

Pulled back, gasping, feeling was —

Mutual; then you turned emotionless.


But the hallway kisses sparked repeats and, 

Clothes half-off, avoiding all others, 

Enough of closets, empty rooms, 

So now, I’m in your bed and, 

Passions had its day.

Do you soundly sleep?

Replete, happy?

Or are you, 





Watched your, 

Face alter, 

Become gentle, soft, 

I’ve seen your eyes gleem, 

Small wrinkles, laugh lines in–

Corners of eyes and your smile, 

Sends me spinning, lips plush and full.

Your nose rubs against mine in a kind of, 

Kiss, they kiss in other lands; here we’ve our mouths.


Wonderously blessed, to oversee your sleep,

You lay vulnerable to the world but, 

From me never hide; I’ll keep you, 

Safe from prying eyes but mine, 

Allow me adventure, 

Cheekbones high, stubbled,

Jaw; dip in chin.

Scent of fresh, 





Know your, 

Hard gazes, 

And brown eyes soft, 

For me to love you best.

After, you rest tranquil.

Breath, so comforting; lulling me, 

Into another nap; exploring paused, 

Then, hands sifting your dark silky hair, mussed.


Smoothing thumb, curved brows; trace eyelashes, 

Long and sinfully dark; then over mouth.

Lush, inviting; I imprint my own, 

Over collarbone, hollow–

Of your throat, back up to,

Plush lips; you wake and, 

Caress my cheek.

Laughing of

My love, 



©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

13 thoughts on “ Poem: Cascading Etherees- “A Lovers Portrait Of Her Tinatangi.” #wordhighjuly #introtopoetry

  1. maria July 3, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Oh wow, Mandi! Such vivid imagery. You’ve painted us a sensual picture of a forbidden love. Even behind closed doors, to the woman, he is her “tinatangi”. Well done!


  2. clcouch123 July 3, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Like reading waves, your etheree. As feelings undulate, as if often inevitably so, so does your verse. The shape of the poem mirrors life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 July 3, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you. I really love the form for some reason. Has such flow and
      Iike you said waves. Your Interview out tomorrow morning 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • clcouch123 July 4, 2016 / 2:48 am

        (“as is often” I meant to say)

        You use the form successfully.

        Wow, thanks!

        Liked by 1 person

      • mandibelle16 July 4, 2016 / 4:26 am

        you said it fine before as well 🙂 but thank you again.🙏🏻


  3. jademwong July 4, 2016 / 12:35 am

    Imagery was stunning and I was left breathing such a sigh of satisfaction. Well done, my friend, well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rosemawrites July 5, 2016 / 5:34 am

    oh woooooooow! Mandi, dear! ❤ This exudes sensuality and something eerie in between. Lovely, deep, write!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 July 5, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you Rosema. I liked this one too. Etherees are the best 🙂


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