Lechery brought two lovers to a hill
with wine in tow, in time a heap of clothes a-
stride a lust no valley could fulfill. Bill
fetishized: the rosé poured on Rosa
would marry two great passions in his life.
He'd lick her head-to-toe, twice the delight!
Well, thrice—Bill's thirst had vanished for his wife.
Once doused, poor Rosa rolled as someone might
laid horizontal, liquored hillside-out.
She came at last to rest against a pine
an odd mélange of needles, dirt and wine
with Bill in fast pursuit, riven with doubt
she'd live. In fact she dusted off quite well.
They lust now at the Valley-Lo Motel.
- NORMAN BALL is a poet, playwright, essayist and musician residing in Virginia. A featured poet on Prairie Home Companion, his poems and essays have appeared in Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14, Rattle, Liberty, The Hypertexts, Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, The London Times among dozens of others. His essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively.
His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (Inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC.