Carnal Beauty

by Kate Bernadette Benedict

After Hopkins

Glory be to God for fleshly things—
        For thighs like pliant earthloam under working plow
                For “those”-moles pushing upward out of secret rim.
Fresh-creamroll buttock-mounds: pinches bring!
        Skinscape hairless or fleeced—fold, fulling, and brow.
                And all breasts, their dear and dangle and brim.

All things female, labial; male, aswing.
        Whatever is yeasty, juicy (you know how)—
                With deft, soft, sweet, brash and dazzling whim,
They fuse; it’s a holy, ordering thing.
                        Praise them.

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