by Erina Booker


You grew in me like some wild tropic vine,
Seeking out my sweetest, deepest places,
Extending tendrils into secrets, once were mine,
But now are captured in entwined embraces.
A questing tentacle sought its way in –
At first I hardly noticed it at all,
A tingle, then such warmly burning skin
That held me in a state of blessed enthrall.
And now with fruits and flowers bursting in me,
Exploding sweetest dew into my veins,
Nectar trickling from me uncontrollably,
While standing in this humid, orchid rain.
Infused with this complete surrendered bliss,
I part my lips to show your inner kiss.

©Erina Booker

About Erina Booker

Erina Booker is a writer, teacher, and counsellor, and her life has been largely about words and the many uses of language. She has written poetry for most of her life, studying at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completing a major in Literature within her Bachelor of Arts degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, she has five collections of poems in print. Her sixth, ‘Coalescence’, is her first collaborative venture into the fusion of art and poetry. Her background covers a further range of studies & interests, including Post Graduate Counselling, Applied Science in Medical Imaging, & also Musical Performance with the instruments of piano, flute, and ‘cello. Added to which, she owned and ran a sheep farm in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales for ten years, breeding black sheep, and enjoying the deep connection she feels with the natural world. Her varied experiences inform her writing as she draws on an intricate tapestry of events. Erina Booker lives in Sydney, Australia.

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