The poet’s model

Artists it is said
took their current mistress for inspiration.
She would pose
standing   sitting   lying
for whatever grand design
was in his mind.
Artists it is also true
took their current models
for mistresses
finding inspiration
and new direction
in bed.

A poet in a silk chemise
takes her lover as a model
shaping madrigals around his muscles
sonnets to his shoulderblades.
Luscious limericks lick his earlobes
rhyming couplets dance on his buttocks.
She writes cantos to his cojones
the delicate shading of his eyelids
sends her swooning in sestets
his left ankle is haiku.
In bed
she finds inspiration
and new direction.