Photo by Lisa Mulvey, New Orleans


Heady with lust within the scent

of sweet olive, dusk

descends chasing sunlight

across weathered bricks into

intimate corners where the green faerie

and fingers intermingle across

wrought iron table tops.

A thin sheen of sweat glistens

above her upper lip,

a hint of saltiness that melts

on his tongue.


Poem inspired by Three Word Wednesday CCIX

13 thoughts on “Courtyard

  1. Oh wow!! I love the personification of nature here and the way the courting (human) couple is so skilfully woven into the sensuousness of the setting itself. Masterful writing!


  2. Zouxzoux,

    For one startled moment, I got up in the direction of my closet to reach for my white linen suit, but realized I was simply taken to this place in my imagination and wasn’t really a character out of Tennessee Williams.

    Not sure whether that makes me lucky or unlucky.

    I’m parched! Where’s that waiter?

    My dear, I believe you are perspiring.




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  4. Pamela, I was astonished to find that I don’t have a single photo of one of our beautiful walled courtyards in my Flickr. Well. I will make the FQ my next photo excursion destination. But my friend Lisa had several and they are all as beautiful as this one.

    Trulyfool, there is no greater compliment – I adore Tennessee! I am, indeed, perspiring. 😉

    Thank you, Olivia!


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