Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chocolate-colored lipstick

Magpie Tales blog posts a photo each week that's meant to serve as inspiration for a poem, vignette, or other short piece of writing. Have a look via the link - this week the photo shows a tube of chocolate-colored lipstick (at least, the color looks chocolate to me). And so I wrote:

Reasons to wear chocolate-colored lipstick

When I speak the words emerge in a slow lingual melt.

My lips are no longer chapped and worry-bitten, but creamy and smooth.

I transform into the gypsy Theobroma, who paints chocolate on her lips and burnt umber round her eyes.

When the lipstick gets on my teeth people wonder what kind of chocolate I've eaten, and if I still have some to share.

I taste sweetness and bitterness both when I bite down on my lip.

I'm a child for a little while, chocolate-smeared and smiling.

Whatever I kiss turns into cocoa.

25 comments:

Becoming Human said...

Mmmmm! This is fun and sensuous at the same time! I think I need to go find some left over easter eggs....

joanny said...

lovely, reminds me of Carmen my favorite opera by Bizet..
love that phrase ..."I transform into the gypsy Theobroma, who paints chocolate on her lips and burnt umber round her eyes."

Nice writing,
Joanny

Katherine said...

Very nice! Liked it muchly!

chiccoreal said...

Wow that's an amazing connection; the Carmen opera! Burnt umbre, under the eyes (to hide bags?) Whatever! This is abrilliant poem! I have a sudden hunger for more chocolate and more of your delicious poems!(as if Easter was not enough!)Help I'm getting psychologically fat from all these references to chocolate lipstick! :)

SUN DANCE HILL said...

Very nicely done, wonderful take on the photo prompt. Great imagery with Theobroma, "the food of the gods", like chocolate covered lips drinking in the lusciousness. "I am a child for a little while"... love that line, so nostalgic.

John Hayes said...

Gorgeous images & sounds--love "lingual melt," & the gypsy stanza is also very memorable, as is "taste sweetness and bitterness both when I bite down on my lip."

Jennifer Morrison said...

How lovely this is!
Go Theobroma!

Catalyst said...

Yes! That "slow lingual melt" is intoxicating!

Tumblewords: said...

What fun! Delightful words and imagery!

naida said...

I like it! Especially that last line.
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willow said...

Oh, this is great! The first reason is my favorite.

PattiKen said...

This is great. I am loving this line: "When I speak the words emerge in a slow lingual melt." Yummy!

Brian Miller said...

what a sensual tranfomation it brings...i like the gypsy image. great magpie...

spacedlaw said...

All excellent reasons!

Star said...

I like the way you have compared the lipstick to chocolate. The idea of smudging chocolate around the lips and face is a sensual one.
Star

steviewren said...

Love your opening line...words sliding past the tongue and over the lips in a dark lingual melt...I'm can almost taste each word.

Peter Goulding said...

Oh God, turn me to cocoa, please, Gypsy Theobroma!

Ji said...

beautifully done!

Ji said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/because-she-is-plain-magpie-tale/

I wrote my first one,
Hope that you give me a hint of what I do.

Happy Tuesday!

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Nice....I can see "the gypsy Thebroma"

amy said...

I like the last reason best ;-)

The Bug said...

I like the last reason the best too - what a gift - better than Midas!

Selma said...

Perfect. Gives a vividness and life to not only the lipstick but the colour it forms. I think I need to go out and get a chocolate-coloured lipstick.

Poetikat said...

Love that gypsy, Theobroma. Ha ha!

HKatz said...

Thank you all for the lovely feedback and letting me know what struck you. I'm (slowly, slowly) making my way through the other Magpie Tales posts and enjoying them too.