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Bill Noble  is a fiction writer and poet from Northern California. His stories appear in Libido, Paramour, CleanSheets, Scarlet Letters, and Best American Erotica 2000. His jointly-authored book of poetry, Three Crows Yelling, won the 1999 National Looking Glass Award from Pudding House Press. He is fiction editor at the erotic online magazine CleanSheets. He shares the basic optimism of BF Skinner: "Behavior is determined by its consequences."

Correspond with Bill Noble. Visit CleanSheets to read more of Bill's work.

Glenn Beuhring's  colorful, erotic illustration, "The Nymph" first appeared in Eroticandy.

by Bill Noble

for Susan

    What's it like, 
     when you come?

Skin to skin, warm and new,
you laugh and snuggle in.
Like this, you say,
and twine your arms
around my neck and bring
your face this close to mine.
Your eyes go wide and dark,
your lips go slack,
and O you breathe,
your breathing a caress, and
O you sigh again,
shifting tune and timbre,
and kiss me without kissing,
breathe a sweeter O then,
deeper, rounder, softer,
a sighing wed to pleasure
and to grief, calling
to your past or love to come,
and your belly fills
and your hips come weaving,
and, oh, another
O escapes, till now you're
not the harper but the harp,
sounded by your joy.
O you whisper, O.
Your mouth goes wider 
and your tongue anoints
your lips, your eyes
go wider-- O --your legs
go gaping, scissor shut, your hips
come rocking toward me-- O --
and-- O --your skin
turns moist beneath my touch
and-- O -and-- O --
Oh, the whole of your belly
presses against the whole
of my belly-- O!  O!  O! --
and pleasure grows to toil, O,
feathers at the edge of fear
--Ah!--and bliss
and mourning stream together
and you gather an immense
endeavor and your mouth
contorts and your throat
cracks and your back wracks,
goes taut and twists and arcs

and you return
to nestle close
within the circle of my arms.

 Like that, you say.
 But more intense.

     And smile.

"O" Poem Copyright © 2000 Bill Noble All rights reserved.
"The Nymph" Illustration Copyright © 2000 Glenn Beuhring. All rights reserved.

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