Late afternoon in my room

Why is it so sensual
To wash a lover’s hair?

Is it the scent of blossoms
Borne away on fingertips,
Or the gentle lapping of
Small waves at the water’s edge?

Is it the deep stillness that
Descends slowly on the heart,
Or the final yielding
Of control, the gift of trust?

Perhaps it is all of these
But this much I remember:

She bowed her head at the sink,
Letting the warm water run
And when she looked back at me
I knew I could not refuse.

Posted for the weekly Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.


About Andrew Kreider

I'm a poet and musician,transplanted from London, England to beautiful northern Indiana. By day I am a stay-at-home dad with our three kids while my amazingly talented spouse conquers medical school one long shift at a time. At night, I'm a performer and trouble-maker. I love my life.

17 responses »

  1. This is so sensual and sweet, reminds me that I once dreamed that my now husband washed my hair, which clued me into the fact that I was having feelings for him. Weeks later the dream came true when he really did wash my hair.

  2. You've brought to life a moment that overrides its common context and opens the door to another sort of experience. Sensuous, but also of the spirit. An excellent piece, and a pleasure to read.

  3. Ooops closed early before the box came up. I'll try again. I agree with "hedge" Sensuous and beautiful. I think you have tapped into something both private and primal here. I liked it very much.

  4. not at all…it is a beautiful thing to wash a lover…their hair, feet or even body…no way could i refuse…love this…

  5. DudeThis is so true…I was an apprentice hairdresser way back in the day in a ladies salon and it used to be a trip sometimes to connect with a ahem..customer in that way – i was 18 at the time – so connecting was a frequent thing…but it did feel weird doing the elderly ladies…great tips though!Sorry you hit a nerve.You obviously caught me up though with this poem. I really enjoyed your write and my visit

  6. Wonderfully evocative. Drew me in so much I wanted to smell the scents, know the color of her hair, her eyes!

  7. ..very sensible and sweet with a touch of sacred romance in every line… i like the latter part the most… excellent piece!

  8. ah, yes…the trust, the connection. Certainly a more spiritual moment, the silence, the sound, the scent…ascending the everyday mundane…taking it and making it so much more. Nice…very nice 🙂

  9. This is incredibly sensual. I really enjoyed this.

  10. The last stanza is wonderful, could perhaps stand on its own! Great writing throughout.

  11. This did have a transcendent feeling, thank you.

  12. Very sensual and lovely.

  13. Ah yes…heart prickles and frissons…you capture that feeling of love so well. Beautiful!

  14. Ohhh! This lovely poem is as disarming as your subject was. 🙂

  15. I found myself holding my breath as I read. So happy to have found you through dVerse.

  16. This is achingly beautiful. I am sooo asking my husband to wash my hair!

  17. amazing wonders.Greetings, Glad to Meet!We are starting a poetry community at a Garden Setting, our week 1 writing theme is “Adam and Eve” , Please check out our site and prepare to participate, 1 to 3 poems are welcome!The Poetry Picnic is open Sunday, 8pm, American Central Time!Hope to see you share your delicious poetry with us.Bless your weekend!xoxox


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