Saturday, October 15, 2011

Poetics: Real or fake and other sexual protests (lets go to church)

Meg Ryan ruined me for all other women,
with moans of ecstasic pleasure from some
where deep inside her to mirror the bass beats
of my pulse rate, repressed tension thick the air,
hair whipped wind blown wheat and when she
gasped "Oh God!", I was deity on a chariot
pulled by horses begging for release from the bit
muscles hard and rippling in sweat sheen
in When Harry met Sally, she faked an orgasm

And tell me you didn't sit erect and take notice
because for me this is when sex became
the great conspiracy & I began to understand
the preacher man's railings on forniCATION
bein' a sin and the "devil's hands loosening
the button flies of the American populust jeans"

Actually, I am pretty sure that last part was
Freudian, but I chuckle at the way his red face
shook as he pounded the podium
(can you say sexual frustration?)

But the very crux was 'did I measure up?' or
were you a good liar with altruistic intentions
of making me feel better or riding it out to
roll over? Behind those eyes you close when
you writhe in pleasure, lover, is it me you see
or am I just a vessel for your fantasies?

And men, there may be questions better never
asked or answered but this is indignity, and I will
no longer accept being used so callously, so we
need to stage a sit in, refusing to move until
we can have sex with eyes wide open, we could
tweet #OccupyTheseSheets, pass out pamphlets
decrying the mockery of reality & burn our underwear
in effigy, chant, "Sex is better, When we're together!"

and we will win back what was taken from us by
the digitally enhanced six packs and chest of
movie stars or I guess

perhaps we could start by opening ours eyes first
do a few sit ups and stop playing whack-a mole
to porno so stamina wont inhibit us in our endeavor
to show her why imagination is cheap imitation
to this hurricane, she should stare right in the eye
as it devastates her slowly

because the sin is in thinking it's all about me
and not we and we are the only reason
she'd need to fake anything again

now congregation

can I get an AMEN

Today at dVerse Poets Pub we have a rather provocative poetry prompt where we are encouraged to post poems that are provocative or talk about things no one wants to talk about, so I chose sexual inequality as my taboo to tackle. This should be fun and interesting on a Saturday, so go write something  poetic and come join us. It opens at 3 pm EST.


Mary said...

Amen, Brian, Amen!!! Love the stream of consciousness you traveled here. That's quite a 'sermon.'

(And I will have to do some serious thinking about that prompt....LOL. I am not sure I am up to it!)

David Allen Waters said...

Amen Brotha :)

C.M. Jackson said...

oh my--I mean 'amen' I can hear the choir singing and swaying with you preacher man...

Anyes said...

...and the congregation is now standing on its feet...cheering ;-)

kaykuala said...

Something taboo, heavy stuff! I wonder where to start. Amen in any case!


Daydreamertoo said...

Yes, Meg Ryan must have made so many men stand to attention with that scene. It was so real. And I do know so many women can and do 'fake' it. Not so easy for men to do because they have to produce the end result. Women on the other hand are bloody good at acting if their minds are on something else.
We used to say women just: "Lay back and think of England" If they found it or their partner, boring. Or, another was, "Lay back and think of what colour to paint the ceiling."
What a great subject, off to ponder on what I can think to say now.
Another great write from you ;)

Everyday Goddess said...

amen! said...

Sounds like it will be a prompt to remember. Thanks for leading the way with your brave and well written contribution. I love the world play on populust!

ladyfi said...

Amen, amen and Amen!

DJan said...

Oh, men! I mean AMEN! Lots of smile in this one, and remembering the first time I saw that movie. "I'll have what she's having." :-)

The Silver Fox said...

Outstanding! My favorite line was "stop playing whack-a mole to porno," I must admit.

And I'm a guy, but I know how to fake it, too. Just sayin'.

Orang3 said...


Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Great write, I hope your feeling better

Fred said...

Excellent piece. Yeah Meg was great-still is in my book. That scene was something else, that's for sure. I love how you set the piece up with this reference and then weaved humor, religion, stereotype and a "call to action" all in there. Great job. Amen indeed

Sheila Moore said...

Amen, brother Brian! LOL - oh my, while your piece was strong in message and serious in meaning, its delivery had me laughing in stitches. My favorites include the whole paragraph about Meg Ryan (love that scene)and how this is when sex became for you, the "great conspiracy." And the preachers red face shook ("can you say sexual frustration" - LMAO!)
Burn out underwear - lol
stop playing whack-a-mole - I think I spit my coffee out when I laughed at that phrase. And how perfectly you summed it up - "because the sin is in thinking it's all about me
and not we"

Stellar write Brian - really, it just made my morning. I've got to have hubby read this one. See you later at the pub.

Magpie said...

It takes two to tango. :)

Josh Hoyt said...

Very interesting poem it makes me think of the way we as a people are and how we act. It makes me think of human nature and then that of the authority. Sexual frustration?!. :)
Have a great saturday.

oceangirl said...

I enjoy this and this is a work of a genius, again. And the message is loud and clear, again.

My mind is cranking for a poetry and it is passed midnight

Heaven said...

What a way to wake me up after almost a two week hiatus. I enjoyed that scene with Meg and yes, indeed we can fake an orgasm so we can measure up to your altruistic intentions.

Interesting prompt later.. :-)

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Your concepts are unique :)
Your writing style is too..

It's like a tapping flow that you add to it :)

manicddaily said...

Ah, men!

Hard act to follow.


Provocative may be difficult for me. (Some of my followers know that I am an attorney in real life.)


Tara Miller said...

Wow! You woke up the crowd today - for sure!! True for both men and women. Eyes wide open just makes it all the better ;)

Eva Gallant said...

That was awesome!

Manju M said...

Whoa! An eye-opener indeed!Nice write!
I loved the style of writing...its beautiful!

Mrsupole said...


God bless

Sue said...

No faux.


hedgewitch said...

Always hard to say which can really deliver--reality or fantasy. I think there's an argument on both sides of the question, but you certainly made your point well here--even if you're preaching to the choir. Strong and good stuff.

happygirl said...

Amen. You preach it brothah.

Daniel said...

Well ranted brother ... amen! Your 4th paragraph really spoke to me. Man it resonated with me.

lynne said...

Well guess I better not tell the story about the Preachers son I **...The creator created our sexuality.. Nuf said.

Loved this !!

Claudia said...

oh goodness - this hurricane devastation line is probably the sexiest line i read in a while..even better than your meg ryan opening...taking a shower and will even wear my glasses in bed tonight...oh and - Amen...smiles

She Writes said...

Best message I've ever heard in "church." Amen.

P.S. i want what you're having :)! hahah

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha I'll give you an amen too
Nothing is off limits at my zoo, so this was a lot of fun.
Oh and yes so ooed and awwed a ton
In that scen
But she beared all later on
In the cut spread out across the lawn
Or it was a bed
Got mixed up in my head..haha

my day in a sentence said...

Meg Ryan. :drool:

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

You once told me that you liked my style of writing in one of my posts, well, sir brian, this is superb... I like it...


Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Amen indeed! Brilliant poem!

the walking man said...

Ha ha ha ha ha I have been impotent for about 7 years from multiple back injuries and she can't look me in the eyes while I am going down on her. Let the preachers preach on the horrible use of (as James said) the strongest muscle in the body. Love this.

Laurie Kolp said...

Aww... the scene I haven't thought about for a long time. I love this Brian. Amen!

Arron Shilling said...

A ripping write Brian
awesome - had me on my knees - lol

Phrygian brilliant brother!

tinkwelborn said...

Ha Ha ...this indeeds breaks the taboo.
I would have paid to just watch Meg Ryan studying/practicing the scene..wonder how much help she got from other women. It would have been hilarious.
good prose poem piece...makes me think.

lindakruschke said...

Ah yes, the sin is in thinking it's all about me. Excellent poem. Peace, Linda

Brendan said...

Naw, guys will take it any way they can. Who cares if its (they're) fake? Okay ... you're right. It's not all about me, it's not all about me, it's not all about me. - Brendan

Jan Timmons said...

Superb writing, Brian! You had me racing along with your pacing! (And I seldom use exclamation marks.)

And yup, I/we do have our eyes open, but it's good to remember why.

Top marks from one in the northern congregation.

kez said...

Brilliant as usual !

eclipsingwinter said...

when I grind out

oh god

in a voice that reverberates
from my pelvis
through clenched teeth
with an intensity
that claws fists
and thrusts my body
into the throes of an airborne battle,

I speak the gospel truth

Amen, Brian!

Peggy said...

Lots and lots of response to your poem here--I think I'd like to hear this sermon live! Lots of energy and momentum in this--excellent feeling of sexual frenzy I think.

Victoria said...

And another amen. What is it about the forbidden that makes it so much better?

California Ink in Motion said...

Amen! Enjoyed reading this as much as watching that movie. Wonderful prose. Loved it.

zongrik said...

I liked this a lot.

"I liked the sin is in thinking it's all about me and not we"

but i got a jolly kick out of the whole preacher scene. this about orgasms or religion? or are they the same thing to you? (actually, in brain science, they both a serotonin producers, so in a way, they are the same thing, you know)

Justin said...

Great subject. I like the stream of consciousness feel.

Beachanny said...

Wow! That was all encompassing. I laughed so hard at that scene. I heard men can fake it too, but even at this advanced age I'm not sure exactly how. I guess there are lotsa games in the bedroom, but I like your conclusion and will give you an Amen!

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian...a couple Of lines from your beautiful, poetic words that caught my eye:
"perhaps we could start by opening ours eyes first/
"to show her why imagination is cheap imitation to this hurricane, she should stare right in the eye"/
"because the sin is in thinking it's all about me
and not we and we are the only reason
she'd need to fake anything again"

Thanks, for sharing this very provocative, and
My, My, I was going to use the word "brutally" honest, but instead I settle for the word "extremely," honest poem.

and Oh! yes, Amen.
deedee ;-D

Syd said...

I think that we keep the attention of our lovers if we are attentive. There are many ways to be attentive and imaginative in making love. Somehow that frustrated preacher probably only did the missionary.

Natasha said...

Amen! (Blush) My inner prude is dying! I can't believe I'm going to attempt this prompt! I am only here seeking direction ;)

barbara said...

No arguments from this side of the aisle.

Pat said...

I'll have what you're having...*wink*

Mama Zen said...


rosaria said...

Oh Lord, Yes! Amen, brother.

jen revved said...

O.K. then, now he lets his hair down, and down some more. Secret: i'll be blogging this at my erotic site but that little nub has a big bad pleasure ridge and if it's hard, if you've felt it swell, she isn't faking. Not even if her name's Sally. xxxj

Pseudo said...

wow. amen for sure.

anglachel27 said...

Preach it, sir! A great topic to tackle, done as usual in your amazing style.

Adam said...

amen sir

Seek The Sun said...

Great read! I can't help thinking, after the congregation has left, that the preacher man probably goes back to his private office to peruse his secret porn collection. I tip my drink to you, sir.

Rallentanda said...

LOL at the pastor image at the end touting for 'good sex'
Excellent poem.

clayton's sex
for two
sad onan's solo
partner present
watching the clock

Christine said...

love the momentum in this, especially the end

lori said...

#Occupy These Sheets, lol. Yes, if you believe in honesty at all, you can't be a faker, no matter how frustrating it might be. In the end, it makes it all better to be real because if you can't be honest, true intimacy is impossible.

Every time I think you can't do it again, you knock another one out of the park :)

farmlady said...

You've left me speechless again but... my eyes are wide open and... I'd be faking the "Amen."

Jyoti Mishra said...

Lets go to church... Amen !!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

You have such a good way with words ...

Valerie said...

Applause, applause.

Amropali said...

Absolutely loved and seconded.

Sharing it, with your permission.

adeeyoyo said...

I had all but forgotten that Meg Ryan scene... But you've hit the nail on he head Brian. Amen to that.

TechnoBabe said...

That was a great scene in When Harry Met Sally. We watch that movie once in awhile and always laugh so much when that scene comes on the screen.

I so like that in the ending of this post you bring it all back to the "we" in a relationship.

kitty said...

because the sin is in thinking it's all about me
and not we and we are the only reason
she'd need to fake anything again

life goes in circles, here you go,
divine lines.
well done.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...


Vodka Logic said...

Amen... woman have similar insecurities as well..

PS I hope you have found a "new woman" as Meg Ryan has not aged well. ;)

John (@bookdreamer) said...

The unreachable by the unteachable and Amen in the morning sister...

JANU said...

Ah! men. AMEN...Am following you now.

Lolamouse said...

Preach it, Brother Brian! Maybe women will stop faking it when men stop saying, "Come for me, baby."

secret agent woman said...

You know, the first time I saw that scene, my reaction was that it was a remarkably unrealistic imitation. Or maybe it was a realistic imitation of a faked orgasm.

JeannetteLS said...

Good LORD, 80 responses! Hmmm... struck a chord in us, didn't you.

Of course, I always remember the one time I was with a guy who kept looking up behind my head. I kind of pushed him off and looked at what he was seeing. Ali McGraw, for whom HE thought I was a ringer.

Both sexes have the games they play to make "IT" suit our needs, forgetting the we in it all.

Great post, there, Brian.

bodhirose said...

Amen, brother! Great sermon, Brian.

william said...

this is up there as one of your best mate, this was a fantastic read, enjoyed every word..

Pastor Sharon said...

From one pastor to good preachin'....AMEN Brotha!

seasideauthor said...

I know that feeling, good writing here and it has held 80+ readers almost a record or maybe it is.
Fake nothing, get help.

The Old Raven said...

This an extraordinary poem. Just superb.

darkangelwrites said...

Amen of course.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

I think it is possible that Meg Ryan ruined the dreams of many a man - oh I wish I had that power!

Anna :o]

yellowhousecafe said...

amen! what a fabulous write, though, you started off with a movie I know by heart... I'll have what she's!

killer stuff, but nothing beats

"to show her why imagination is cheap imitation
to this hurricane, she should stare right in the eye
as it devastates her slowly"

...brilliant, truly ~

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

I'm an agnostic, so I can't say amen. :)

Well said, as always.

Kamana said...


SueAnn said...

Amen from me too Brian!! I loved that scene with Meg cool!!
Made me laugh and laugh....Ha!
A little revealing huh?'

Glynn said...

I don't think I've ever heard a sermon quite like this one. Brian Miller - Preacher Man.

wolfsrosebud said...

definitely a two way street

Adura Ojo said...

YES, YES, YESSSSSS! I think an AMEN is in order. Great work, Brian.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Oh, I loved Meg Ryan. I'm not even a guy. :-) OTS...I'm going out to make a sign right now...see you on the corner!

Caty said...

Meg Ryan is pretty awesome, huh? I haven't really noticed her not aging well (as someone stated earlier)...the last two stanzas were terrific!!

Padmavani said...

AMEN! Hilarious with a nice sobering end. :) Loved your poem as always.


Lydia said...

I left a longer comment last night but messed up, obviously, in the sending procedure.

First, amen, indeed. Second, I will not go to church. Third, I love that movie scene. Finally, you were much braver than I, who just am not that fearless! I admire this a lot and am fantasizing it being read by Steven Colbert on his show. :)

Myrna R. said...

Amen Brother! I smiled at this. I went to Catholic School and I got soooo many sermons on how to be nonsexual. This is great.

The Empress said...

Oh, wouldn't every woman in america faint over this one.

a man that says 'not about me, but about we."


YOu just did it.

Whosyergurl said...

Amen, Brother Brian.
And "I'll have what she is having."